Russian Foreign Ministry protests spying by U.S. Embassy employee

The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed protest to U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul over the attempted recruitment of a Russian security service officer by CIA agent Ryan Fogle.

"Protest has been expressed to the ambassador over the attempted recruitment of a Russian security service officer by CIA agent R. Fogle operating under the cover of a third secretary of the U.S. Embassy," the Russian Foreign Ministry said following a meeting of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov with McFaul on Wednesday.

The report said that the U.S. diplomat caught red-handed was declared "persona non grata" and must leave Russia shortly.

The ministry said the sides also discussed ways to broaden the bilateral legal basis and certain items of the current international agenda.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the detention of Fogle.

According to the FSB's Public Relations Center, Fogle was working in Moscow as third secretary of the U.S. Embassy's Political Department.

Special technical devices, written instructions for the Russian citizen being recruited, a large sum of money in cash and appearance disguising means were discovered during the detention.

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