The detainee in Russia Paul Whelan is still the passport of Ireland and Canada
Moscow. 4 Jan. INTERFAX.RU — Detained in Russia, the American Paul Whelan is also a citizen of Ireland and Canada, said Friday the newspaper The Wall Street Journal.
According to her, Irish diplomats have been asked to provide them consular access to Whelan. And the government of Canada confirmed that in the course of the detention in Russia of one of its citizens.
Earlier it was reported that Paul Whelan was a citizen of not only the US but the UK.
Parents of the detained — British, moved to Canada.
The newspaper explains that an Irish passport can get people to prove that they have Irish roots at least in the third generation.
Earlier Friday, the head of the British foreign Minister Jeremy hunt, commenting on the situation with Whelan, said on Sky News that London did not agree, saying: “people were used for diplomatic games.” The Minister stressed that the main effort in solving this problem took US.