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U.S. says no Russian diplomats to be expelled

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The U.S. State Dept. reportedly has no plans to expel Russian diplomats in response to the arrests of 11 alleged Russian spies.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said U.S. officials have been in contact with Russian counterparts to discuss the arrests. Crowley said he foresaw no further diplomatic fallout.

Crowley said the "highest levels" of the State Department were aware of the U.S. counterintelligence investigation and the plan to make the initial arrests.

Crowley mentioned no names, but the department's third-ranking official, William Burns, is a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow.

Prosecutors said several suspects were Russians living in the United States under assumed names and posing as Canadian or American citizens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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