MOSCOW—Russia detained a diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow whom it accused of being an undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer attempting to recruit a member of the Russian intelligence services.
Ryan C. Fogle, the third secretary in the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was detained in the night hours stretching from Monday to Tuesday and subsequently released to U.S. diplomats, Russia's Federal Security Service—the FSB—said in a statement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said "such provocative actions in the spirit of the "Cold War" in no way help to strengthen mutual trust. The ministry said Mr. Fogle had been declared persona non grata and demanded his immediate departure in a meeting Tuesday with U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul.