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Russian 'spy': arrest of MP's assistant 'PR stunt' over World Cup, says top diplomat
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Russian 'spy': arrest of MP's assistant 'PR stunt' over World Cup, says top diplomat

Russia's top diplomat in the UK has hinted that British officials might have "orchestrated" newspaper stories about the arrest of an MP's assistant for allegedly spying for Moscow.




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11:56AM GMT 09 Dec 2010

Alexander Sternik, charge d'affaires at the Russian Embassy in London, said there were "some quarters" who wanted to undermine improving relations between the two countries.

He also disclosed that Russian consular officials have still not been allowed access to Ekaterina Zatuliveter, 25, who was detained a week ago amid suspicions she used her position as an assistant to Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock to pass information to Russian intelligence.

Mr Sternik suggested that media reports about the case, first revealed by the Sunday Times, were a "PR stunt" to distract from "more acute and tangible problems" like the WikiLeaks release of embarrassing US diplomatic cables and England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
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