Russia plays down US spy arrests

BBC News

Moscow has played down the arrest of alleged Russian spies in the US, saying the issue would "not negatively affect relations".

The Russian foreign ministry said it had "noted" a similar White House statement that ties should not be hurt.

Russia had said on Tuesday that the US charges were baseless and a throwback to the Cold War. PM Vladimir Putin said US police had "let themselves go".

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