Lithuanian arrested in Moscow, accused of spying

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   May 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM
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MOSCOW, May 21 (UPI) -- Russia claimed it caught and arrested a spy for Lithuania in Moscow.

"The foreign spy was caught red-handed as he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen," Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Wednesday.

"The foreigner was brought to an FSB building, where after being presented with the evidence, he confessed to being an officer of the second department of the field service (military intelligence) of Lithuania's National Defense Ministry," the Russian news agency Interfax said, citing FSB officials. The unidentified alleged spy is being held at Moscow's Lefortovo detention center, and a court Wednesday approved his detention for up to two months.

There has been no comment from the Lithuanian government.

Several days ago Lithuania claimed it detained a Russian citizen, identified as Arstidas Tamosaitis, suspected of spying, adding he had been attempting to infiltrate Lithuania's leadership and security organizations.

Relations between Russia and adjoining Lithuania have worsened since Russia's involvement in Crimea and Ukraine. Lithuania, a former Soviet Union member and now a NATO member, has attempted to reinforce its relationship with NATO out of concern it may encounter aggression from Russia.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said an attack from Russia is a "very real" threat.

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