The British authorities have started an investigation into possible U.K. links of Anna Chapman, one of 11 people in the center of the recent Russian-U.S. spy row, the Evening Standard said.
Ten people were arrested by U.S. law enforcement on Sunday on suspicion of being part of an espionage ring. An 11th suspect was detained on Tuesday in Cyprus, but reports on Wednesday said police on the island were looking for him after he apparently jumped bail.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed it was looking into Chapman's connections to Britain, but declined to comment on whether it investigated the possibility that she spied against the U.K.
"This is primarily a matter for the US authorities, but of course we will ensure we look into any suggested British links," the paper quoted an FCO spokesman as saying.
Chapman, a 28-year-old entrepreneur, was arrested in Manhattan. According to British media reports, she "spent time working in London and may even have a British ex-husband."
According to the woman's LinkedIn profile, she worked in London between 2003 and 2007.
LONDON, July 1 (RIA Novosti)