ACCESSION NUMBER:328140 FILE ID:EUR211 DATE:02/22/94 TITLE:U.S. PROTESTS ALLEGED ESPIONAGE (02/22/94) TEXT:*94022211.EUR 1EUR211 02/22/94 * U.S. PROTESTS ALLEGED ESPIONAGE (Text: State Department statement) (200) Washington -- Following is the text of February 22 statement by Michael McCurry, U.S. State Department spokesman: (Begin text) Secretary of State Warren Christopher today called in Vladimir Chkhikvishivili, charge d'affairs of the Russian Federation's embassy in Washington, to register a formal diplomatic protest over circumstances surrounding the arrest of the U.S. government employee for alleged espionage on behalf of the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. Secretary Christopher met with Mr. Chkhikvishivili for about 10 minutes at 2:00 p.m. today and formally protested the actions of the Russian intelligence service in engaging in the alleged espionage activities at issue in this case. Secretary Christopher underscored the seriousness with which the United States views this matter and said that he wanted the Russian government to know of his personal grave concern. The charge indicated that he would communicate the secretary's views to the Russian government. U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering also raised this case with senior Russian officials tonight in Moscow, expressing the same concerns raised by the secretary in his meeting. (End text) NNNN .