Kremlin promises to consider U.S. athlete Monson's request for Russian citizenship

U.S. martial arts athlete Jeff Monson has indeed asked for Russian citizenship and his request will be considered, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said.

U.S. martial arts athlete Jeff Monson has indeed asked for Russian citizenship and his request will be considered, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said.

"We have a request. Monson earlier said he intended to make such a request. Naturally, it will be considered," Peskov told reporters on Sept.16.

"The request will be considered and then a decision will be made by the president," he said.

Peskov said the U.S. athlete "is generally known to sympathize with our country."

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