4 Jan 2019

Hunt condemns Russia after UK citizen held on suspicion of spying

International Editor

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned Russia not to use UK citizens as “pawns in a diplomatic chess game”, saying he is extremely concerned about the arrest of a former US marine who also has British nationality.

Paul Whelan, who has Irish and Canadian nationality as well, was detained on Friday, accused of spying. His family say his innocence is “undoubted”.