U.S. officials are seeking answers about Moscow’s arrest of a Michigan man on spying charges, and now the Russian government says it’s allowed Paul Whelan to have access to U.S. consular representatives.
A spokeswoman for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is quoted by state news agency Tass and private agency Interfax as saying access was granted Wednesday.
She couldn’t immediately be reached for additional details by The Associated Press.
Whelan is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier. He was arrested Friday.
In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said Whelan was caught “during an espionage operation,” but gave no details.