Sergey Lavrov stressed that Whelan was caught “red-handed.”
His arrest, prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment had nothing to do with swapping him for Russian nationals behind bars in the US.
Claims otherwise are “completely untrue,” Lavrov stressed.
“We never do things like that. I’ll say it again. He was caught red-handed.”
Unlike harshly treated Russian political prisoners in the US, Whelan and other foreign nationals incarcerated in Russia are treated fairly.
In response to UK officials expressing concern about Whelan’s well-being, Lavrov said no consular requests to see him were received.
He recalled multiple denied requests by Moscow to visit Russian nationals Sergey and Yulia Skripal in Britain, adding:
If its foreign office or consular officials ask to meet with Whelan, Russia “will act in accordance the obligations enshrined in the Convention (on Consular Relations) and diplomatic courtesy.”
Russia will fulfill its obligations in dealings with all other countries — polar opposite how the US, Britain, and their imperial allies operate.Convicted US Spy v. Russian Political Prisoners in America