updated 10/22/2011 2:06:01 PM ET 2011-10-22T18:06:01

German prosecutors say police have arrested a pair of suspected foreign agents whom a media report describes as Russian spies since the days of the Cold War.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office says the two were arrested in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hesse state Tuesday by German police's elite GSG-9 special operations commando.

Prosecutors said in a statement Friday they "are suspected of having worked in Germany over a long period of time for a foreign intelligence agency."

A prosecution spokesman declined to elaborate.

German news weekly Der Spiegel on Saturday reported that the pair — a Russian couple allegedly spying in Germany since 1988 — were arrested following a tip from the FBI who had uncovered a ring of Russian spies in the U.S. last year.

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