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    The Russian Embassy in Italy is not commenting on media reports alleging that a Russian citizen was arrested in Rome on suspicions of spying, an employee of the embassy said Tuesday.

    ROME (Sputnik) – On Monday, the Exresso newspaper reported that Frederico Carvalhao Gil, an official of the Portuguese Security Information Service, was detained in Rome on request of Lisbon. Carvalhao Gil was reportedly caught selling state secrets to a member of the Russian intelligence, who was also detained.

    "The embassy does not have any comments on this case at the moment," the embassy employee told RIA Novosti.

    According to media reports, Carvalhao Gil was passing to the alleged Russian spy political and economic information regarding NATO and the European Union.

    Italian media reported that both are currently in Rome awaiting extradition.

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