Russia investigating "contradictory" US spy allegations
The Kremlin was Tuesday investigating the circumstances behind the arrest in the US of 10 people on charges of spying for Russia, officials said, DPA reported.
The Russian foreign ministry was reported by the Interfax news agency as saying that "we are evaluating all the information," but that initial accounts were "contradictory."
The Russian foreign intelligence agency SVR declined to comment.
On Monday 10 people were arrested on suspicion of spying over the course of 20 years for Moscow.
Authorities were seeking an 11th suspect who remained at large, the US Justice Department said. Nine of the defendants face charges of conspiring to commit money laundering, the department said.
The arrests of the individuals, including four couples, were carried out over the weekend in Montclair, New Jersey, Yonkers, New York, Alexandria, Virginia, Boston and New York.
Each defendant faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for acting illegally as an agent of a foreign government, plus an additional 20 years on the money laundering charges.