Russian spies 'vestiges' of old intelligence: US

29th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The United States said Tuesday that 11 alleged Russian agents arrested this week were "vestiges" of "old attempts to use intelligence," but the relationship between the two Cold War foes was still improving.

"We're moving towards a more trusting relationship. We're beyond the Cold War; our relations absolutely demonstrate that," said Phil Gordon, the assistant secretary of state for European Affairs.

"But I don't think anyone was hugely shocked to know that some vestiges of old attempts to use intelligence are still there."

Washington wants to "get to the point where there is just so much trust and cooperation between the United States and Russia that nobody would think of turning to intelligence means to find out things that they cannot find out (through) other channels," Gordon said.

"We're apparently not there yet," he noted.

Gordon stressed that while there are still disagreements between the United States and Russia, the two had made "significant progress" in last 18 months of pursuing a "different relationship."

© 2010 AFP

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