The arrest of Maria Boutina, a Russian accused of trying to secretly influence US political organizations for the benefit of Russia, is “unacceptable,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday. his American counterpart Mike Pompeo.
In a telephone interview, Sergei Lavrov “stressed that the actions of US authorities who arrested the Russian citizen (Maria) Boutina on the basis of trumped-up charges are unacceptable,” the Russian ministry said in a statement. Foreign Affairs.
Lavrov also said it was “necessary to release her as soon as possible,” according to the ministry.
Maria Boutina, 29, was arrested in the United States for acting “as an officer of a foreign government official”.
Ms. Boutina is accused of “infiltrating political” organizations “to promote the interests of the Russian Federation”, according to the indictment that refers to a “militant organization for the right to carry weapons.”
The young woman, who pleads not guilty, appeared Wednesday in a Washington court. She faces at least ten years in prison, according to the prosecution.
On Wednesday, the Kremlin said the arrest had the “clear goal of minimizing the positive effect” of the summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump held in Helsinki on Monday.
Five days after the summit, Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “exchanged views on the prospects for the development of relations between our countries, with the aim of normalizing them,” the Russian ministry said.
This call between MM. Lavrov and Pompeo took place “on American initiative,” said the ministry, adding that the talks also focused on the Syrian conflict, including “the possible cooperation of Russia and the United States with other countries to to solve the humanitarian crisis in Syria “.
Mosha Lyfta was born and raised in Flint. Mosha has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Detroit Tribunes in the Times-Journal. As a journalist for PR News Globe, Mosha covers national and international developments.