US spy Ryan Fogle leaves Russia
Russia declared Fogle persona non grata after he was arrested late May 13 and demanded that he leave asap.
Analysts feel that the spy scandal will in no way affect further relations between Moscow and Washington. The US State Department also hopes so. Third Secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow, Ryan Fogle, has been caught red- handed by
The Russian Foreign Ministry has deplored the fact that the incident occurred at a time when the Russian and US Presidents have confirmed readiness for boosting economic interaction. The US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, chose not to meet reporters.
When commenting on the spy drama, experts point out that
"The scandal will hardly tell on Russian-American relations at a high level, Alexei Mukhin says. The incident is an ugly piece of news, on the one hand, but it is really curious, on the other."
There has been a qualitative change in
"We are living in a different time, and there is a feeling that diplomatic relations progress in parallel with all sorts of exposures, Boris Mezhuyev says. The world situation is growing so involved that neither the US, nor Russia is willing to take an ultra-hard stand on the issue."
The Russian President’s foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov has referred to the incident as a case of clumsy recruitment against the background of the two leaders’ clearly manifested striving for stepping up cooperation and contacts between Russian and US special services. The Russian Foreign Minister thought the issue was superfluous for the talks with his US counterpart John Kerry in Moscow. Sergei Lavrov said everything has already been made public, with everybody understanding everything.
The Russian special services said they were even slightly offended by such clumsy moves by their counterparts from the other side of the ocean, because statements about cooperation were not just words. A joint group of CIA secret agents and FBI officers visited Dagestan, where the Tsarnayev family is making their home, in the wake of the Boston blasts in April. It was then that Americans met Russian counterintelligence service officers who gave them their telephone numbers. But when Fogle returned and started recruiting one of his new friends, a Russian officer, who is a counterterrorism expert in the North Caucasus, detained the secret agent and handed him over to the FSB personnel.
Voice of Russia, TASS