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Putin asks for calm over Texas death

MOSCOW — Moscow should ‘‘temper emotions’’ about the death of a Russian boy adopted by an American family, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Friday after the US ambassador urged Russian authorities and the media to stop their ‘‘sensational exploitations’’ of the case.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the harsh statements by Russian officials and lawmakers were driven by the ‘‘zero tolerance’’ of Russians to the deaths of children adopted by Americans. Still, he acknowledged it is too early to know the cause of the Jan. 21 death of 3-year-old Max Shatto, born Maxim Kuzmin, in West Texas.

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