A Russian foreign ministry spokesman has described a US claim as baseless and deplorable which is about arresting Russian spies in the United States. He said that allegations of a Russian spy ring would set back attempts by the American government to have good relations with Russia.
The Russiansaid Russia expected Washington to provide an explanation for the arrest of the so-called Russian spies. The US Department of Justice says that they have discovered a spy ring consisting of 11 people trying to seek information about nuclear weapons, US arms control positions, CIA, political parties and American attitude towards Iran. It said eight of the 11 suspects carried out "long term, deep cover" assignments on US soil, working in civilian jobs to avoid suspicion. They were trained by the Russian foreign intelligence agency to collect information. The US officials said the spy ring was discovered after many years of investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Five of the suspected spies appeared in a New York court where a judge ordered them to remain in prison until 27 July when a preliminary hearing would begin against them.