Russia says US spy ring claims 'groundless'

29th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Tuesday said US allegations of a Russian spy ring were "groundless" and cast a shadow on the reset in bilateral ties between Moscow and Washington.

"In our opinion, such actions are groundless and pursue unseemly aims," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement, referring to a US Justice Department announcement as well as media reports.

"In any case, it is highly deplorable that all of this is happening against the background of the reset in Russia-US ties announced by the US administration itself."

The United States said Monday it had cracked a massive alleged spy ring, announcing the arrest of 10 "deep-cover" suspects after unravelling a mission secretly monitored by the FBI for more than a decade.

"We do not understand the reasons that prompted the US Justice Department to come forward with a public announcement in the spirit of 'spy sensations' of the Cold War era," the unidentified spokesman added.

He also noted that such scandals have often erupted following improvements in ties in the past.

The latest spy scandal erupted as Russia-US ties are enjoying a renaissance.

President Dmitry Medvedev and US leader Barack Obama met in Washington earlier this month to underscore warming ties between the two Cold War adversaries.

© 2010 AFP

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