Russia says awaits US explanation on spy scandal

The allegations come just days after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Washington.

Russia says awaits US explanation on spy scandal

Russia's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday Moscow is awaiting an explanation from the United States on its arrest of what it says is a Russian spy ring, Russian news agencies reported.

"The subject was not explained to us. I hope they will explain," Interfax quoted Sergei Lavrov as telling reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

"The choice of timing was particularly graceful," he said.

The allegations come just days after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Washington.

"Contradictory"


Meanwhile, Russia finds the information on U.S. spying allegations contradictory, a senior foreign relations official told Reuters on Tuesday.

"Very contradictory information is coming out, and no conclusions can be drawn from it," said Mikhail Margelov, head of the International Relations Committee within the Federation Council, or upper house of parliament.

Washington's allegations that a Russian spy ring had been arrested come amid attempts to "reset" ties between the former Cold War foes.

Last week Russian President Dmitry Medvedev toured the United States, holding talks with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama and meeting business leaders to pitch Russia as an investor-friendly place.

Russia's foreign intelligence service and the chief spokesman for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told Reuters they had no comment on the spying allegations..

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that the allegations were unlikely to be discussed during Tuesday's meeting between the Prime Minister and former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Moscow.

U.S. authorities have charged 11 individuals with carrying out deep-cover work in the United States to recruit political sources and gather information for the Russian government.

On Monday authorities said 10 of them were arrested on Sunday in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Virginia on charges including conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of the Russian Federation and money laundering.

Reuters

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