US envoy to Russia visits WSJ reporter Gershkovich in prison

The US ambassador to Moscow has visited Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who is being held in pre-trial detention on charges of espionage, state news agency TASS reported on Friday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier that Moscow had approved a US consular request to visit Gershkovich, who denies the spy charges.