Spy scandal won’t damage U.S. ties, Russia says

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(Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday the U.S. arrests of suspects in an alleged Russian spy ring would not hurt improving relations with Washington, softening its tone after an initial angry response.

The Russian Foreign Ministry at first slammed the U.S. actions as “baseless and improper” and hinted the arrests could dampen Moscow’s enthusiasm for warmer ties, raising the specter of a Cold War style diplomatic stand-off.

But on Wednesday the Foreign Ministry expressed optimism that the fall-out would not ruin the relationship “reset” initiated by U.S. President Barack Obama and embraced by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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