The Federal Security Service on Wednesday said a Briton previously alleged to have recruited Russians as spies was involved in recruiting Vyacheslav Zharko, whose case is the latest espionage dispute between the two countries.
The service, known by its Russian acronym FSB, in June announced that Zharko had reported being recruited by MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, and it has opened a criminal investigation into the case.
On Wednesday, an FSB duty officer confirmed news agency reports that Zharko had recognized Pablo Miller as his recruiter.
Miller allegedly was involved in the case of Defense Ministry Colonel Sergei Skripal, who last year was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for spying for Britain, according to Russian news agency reports. The reports were confirmed by the duty officer, who declined to be identified and who did not give further details.