Russian FM Tells Pompeo: Russian's Arrest 'unacceptable'

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On July 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump held a full-fledged summit in Finland's capital Helsinki, at which the two leaders discussed a wide range of topics including Russia-US relations, national security and top global issues.

"The defendant's covert influence campaign involved substantial planning, global coordination and preparation", prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

Lavrov and Pompeo also discussed developments in Syria, the denuclearization process in the Korean Peninsula, and agreements reached during the Helsinki summit. The federal case has added to a growing picture of undisclosed foreign attempts to lobby in the U.S. and alleged Russian influence in the political system.


A US judge on Wednesday jailed Butina until her trial, after prosecutors argued she has links to Russian intelligence.

Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the USA, told a conference in Moscow on Friday that the allegations are groundless and that American authorities tried to "break her" and refused her consular visits for the first few days after her arrest, The Associated Press reported.

Russian Federation has been steadily beating the drum on Butina's behalf. "I would like to kindly ask you, Mr. Lhamon, to take our concern into account and to take whatever measures you consider best so as to defend the rights and main freedoms of Russian citizen Maria Butina", says the letter posted on the Russian human rights council on Saturday. Butina's attorney, Robert Driscoll, said the packing boxes were in preparation for a move to South Dakota - not back to Russian Federation - where Driscoll said she meant to live with her boyfriend. Butina, a 29-year-old gun-rights activist, served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday, July 16, 2018.

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