US en­voys found near Rus­sian se­cret test site

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Rus­sia’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said on Thurs­day it would is­sue a for­mal note of protest to the US em­bassy in Moscow af­ter the au­thor­i­ties caught three Amer­i­can diplo­mats in a re­stricted area near a se­cret test site, the Tass news agency re­ported. The diplo­mats, among them US mil­i­tary and naval at­taches, were re­moved from a train on Mon­day in north­ern Rus­sia near the site of a mys­te­ri­ous mil­i­tary test­ing ac­ci­dent that took place in Au­gust. A US State De­part­ment spokesman said the en­voys had been on an of­fi­cial trip and that they no­ti­fied the Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties in ad­vance of their travel plans. But Rus­sia’s for­eign min­istry said the diplo­mats had been found in a re­stricted area more than 40 kilo­me­tres from the city, Arkhangels­k, which they had said they planned to visit.

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