Russia rejects US request to visit detained American journalist

The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected a US request on Thursday to visit detained Wall Street Journal correspondent Evan Gershkovich.

The decision was in response to Washington’s failure to provide visas to Russian journalists from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s pool when he visited the United Nations in New York, the ministry said.

“In this regard, the US Embassy has been informed that its request for a consular visit on May 11 of American citizen E. Gershkovich, who was detained on charges of espionage activities, is being rejected,” the statement said.

The US has designated Gershkovich as wrongfully detained after his arrest in March on espionage charges leveled against him. Gershkovich is currently being held at a prison in Moscow.

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