Russian billionaire with US investments 'backed alleged agent'

by Abel Hampton July 25, 2018, 3:29
Russian billionaire with US investments 'backed alleged agent'

During a telephonic conversation on Saturday, Lavrov and Pompeo exchanged views on the prospects for further normalizing relations between the two countries "on an equal and mutually beneficial basis", a statement said, Xinhua reported.

In the phone call, Lavrov stressed "the unacceptability of the actions of the USA authorities, who have arrested Russian citizen Maria Butina in the United States on the basis of fabricated charges, and the need for her early release", according to Interfax.

We will remind, on Wednesday, July 18, the court of the district of Columbia ruled that arrested in U.S. Russian Maria Butina will remain in custody until the start of the trial in her case.

Butina's arrest on Sunday added to the political turmoil in Washington over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that President Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with the Russians.

Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed "the need for Russian Federation to provide equal diplomatic access to the United States, at a level that is fair and reciprocal".

Robert Driscoll, Butina's attorney, has pushed back strongly on the accusations against Butina and told CNN on Friday that much of the United States government's case against her was "taken completely out of context".

In April, Butina told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Konstantin Nikolaev, a Russian billionaire, provided funding for a guns right group she represented, according to The Washington Post.

Russian Federation has been steadily beating the drum on Butina's behalf. Federal agents said that at the time of Butina's arrest, her apartment was packed with boxes "consistent with a move". Rather, the case was announced by the USA attorney's office in Washington, where federal investigators asserted Butina has been operating as a covert Russian agent since her arrival in August 2016. They discussed a broad range of issues, some of which were following up from the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.

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