Kremlin derides allegations that Trump could work for Moscow

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On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Paul Whelan was caught red-handed carrying out illegal activities in his Moscow hotel room.

His family claim that he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.

Paul Whelan, an American man accused of spying in Russian Federation, was caught "red-handed" in his hotel, according to the country's foreign minister.

He said Whelan was caught red-handed and the investigation is ongoing.

Mr Whelan faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty of espionage.

"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.

Asked whether Russian Federation could release the minutes of Mr Trump's one-on-one negotiations with president Vladimir Putin, Mr Lavrov dismissed the idea, saying it defied the basic culture of diplomacy.

The same source was quoted as saying that Whelan had been spying for 10 years using the internet to identify targets from whom he could obtain information and that the employee list he was caught with had always been of interest to USA spies.

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He was born in Canada to British parents before the family moved to the U.S. He holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, and Russian Federation said it will allow consular visits.

She said Moscow's offers, such as a "static display" of the missiles, would not show whether they breach the treaty.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that US media reports claiming that Trump might have been a Russian agent reflect a dramatic plunge in standards of journalism.

Paul Whelan's family is insisting that he is innocent and was in Russian Federation for a wedding.

Lavrov said Trump's right to conduct foreign policy is "under attack from Congress and this doesn't make these attacks constitutional or less illegal".

US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson countered that talks "did not break new ground" and said Russia's offers of inspection of the 9M729 were inadequate and merely "paid lip service to transparency".

"We are still far not only from being partners in global relations but also in finding constructive ways to make our relations better", Lavrov said.

He particularly scoffed at the charges levelled against Mr Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying that he talked to the Russian ambassador only in a bid to protect United States interests.

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