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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Said to Spy More

MOSCOW -- The Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, said Tuesday that the United States spent more time spying on Moscow than Moscow did on Washington.

The SVR, one of the successors of the KGB, was responding to a report in The Washington Times newspaper that Washington requested Russia decrease the number of spies in the United States or face diplomatic cutbacks or expulsions.

Tatyana Samolis, a spokeswoman for the SVR, said the service had no direct comment: "But ... if we have a discussion on the issue of the Russian intelligence presence in the United States and of Americans in Russia, we can say that if we compare man hours then, of course, the United States will be ahead."