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US diplomats taken off train in Russian naval city: Reports

Moscow: Russian authorities removed three US diplomats from a train in the Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, news agencies reported Wednesday, citing an “informed source”.
The diplomats were on Monday taken off a train running between Severodvinsk and Nyonoksa, the site of a missile test blast that saw a radiation spike last August, reported Interfax news agency.
The trio, including a naval attache and a defence attache, were removed from the train in Severodvinsk station at around six pm after document checks and then released, Interfax said. TASS news agency, citing a source from the law enforcement authorities, said the diplomats were suspected of breaching rules on foreigners visiting controlled zones.
Severodvinsk does not allow foreigners to visit freely, TASS noted. Some Russian cities, particularly those involved in military and nuclear activities, only allow foreigners to visit with special permits. (AFP)

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