US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said US Ambassador to Moscow Lynn Tracy visited American journalist Ivan Gershkovitch, who is imprisoned in Russia on espionage charges.
Blinken confirmed that journalist Ivan Gershkovitch is in good physical and psychological health, citing Tracy.
“Ambassador Tracy was able to visit Gershkovich in prison in Moscow, and based on the information the ambassador gave me, I can say that he is in good physical and mental health,” Blinken said at a press conference after the meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 in Japan. We are currently continuing our calls for his immediate release.
On March 30, Russia’s Federal Security Service announced that Moscow’s “Wall Street Journal” reporter Ivan Gershkovich was arrested in Yekaterinburg on suspicion of spying on behalf of the US government.
According to the Russian intelligence service, Gershkovich collected classified information about the activities of a company affiliated with the Russian military-industrial complex, and the Lefortovo Court in Moscow decided to extend his detention for another two month.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed that Gershkovich’s activities in Yekaterinburg had nothing to do with the press and noted that this was not the first time that foreigners in Russia disguised themselves as reporters, entry visas and journalists accreditation. to cover other activities.
Source: Arabic RT