Russia Says It Caught Former US Marine, Accused Of Spying, Red-Handed

Russia Says It Caught Former US Marine, Accused Of Spying, Red-Handed

Abe is due to meet Putin on Jan 22 in Moscow.

Mr. Trump abruptly threatened to withdraw the US from the agreement late a year ago but has failed to follow through.

"These are not pre-conditions, it's just an effort to understand why Japan is the only country in the world which can not say: 'I accept the results of World War II in their entirety, ' " Lavrov told a news conference.

President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov told a briefing after a journalist if Trump was a Russian agent.

He claimed that Moscow has issued no ultimatum, but the position amounts to a demand that Tokyo accept Russian sovereignty over the islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kuriles and Japan calls the Northern Territories.

Turning to last month's arrest in Moscow of Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, on suspicion of espionage, Lavrov said the man's brother has visited Moscow and has been briefed about prison conditions.

"Indeed, the United States is basically pursuing a course towards dismantling the system of global agreements on arms control that prevent it from bolstering its military capabilities, or trying to adhere to the agreements selectively, i.e. only insofar as they serve its interests".

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Commenting on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the planned US military withdrawal.

He said U.S. media reports claiming that Mr Trump might have been a Russian agent reflected a dramatic plunge in standards of journalism.

Mr Lavrov rejected the allegations that Russian authorities could have arrested Mr Whelan in order to swap him for one of the Russians held in the USA, saying "we don't do such things".

Trump said Monday that he "never worked for Russia" after news reports that the FBI grew so concerned by his actions toward Moscow that they quietly began a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was working on its behalf.

Commenting on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the planned US military withdrawal.

He blamed the media and Congress with trying to undermine the president, saying news outlets are "lowering their journalistic standards".

The Kremlin said on Wednesday (Jan 16) it expected talks to be hard when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet next week to discuss a deal that could end a decades-old territorial row.

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