Canada has cancelled the passport of a suspected Russian spy who fled after being released on bail in Cyprus, the Toronto Star has reported.
Christopher Metsos was detained on June 29, two days after the U.S.-Russian spy scandal broke out following the announcement by the U.S. authorities that they had detained 10 people on charges of espionage on behalf of Russia.
Metsos was put on a wanted list as an 11th alleged spy. A day after his detention, police on the island said they were looking for him after he apparently jumped a $33,000 bail.
Earlier in July, Cypriot officials confirmed that Metsos had assumed the identity of a dead five-year-old Canadian boy to obtain a passport. Other reports said Metsos had obtained the passport through the Canadian Embassy in South Africa's Johannesburg, the Toronto Star said.
The spy scandal, which took place just days after Russian President Dmitry Mevedev visited the United States, sparked allegations that the reset in Russian-U.S. relations could come to an end.
However, Russia and the United States ended the scandal with a swap deal earlier in July. Russia pardoned and released on Friday four prisoners jailed for spying activities against Russia in exchange for the ten Russian "spies."
Both countries pledged the espionage row would not affect bilateral ties.
MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti)