Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a news briefing in the main building of Foreign Ministry in Moscow, December 15, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov
Russia denies involvement in alleged U.S. smuggling network
Posted : Wednesday, 03 October 2012 06:12PM
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian spy agencies were not involved in an alleged smuggling network uncovered by the United States and Moscow is concerned by the espionage allegations, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.
"The charges are of a criminal nature and have nothing to do with the work of the secret services," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
(Reporting By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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