MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky considers that it is necessary to make every effort, including parliaments, to return to Russia arrested in the USA’s Budinoi, and ready to personally go after her in the United States.
“We need to make every effort to return, including us, the parliamentarians. My personal opinion – I have to go and pick up […] I would have gladly headed the parliamentary delegation for that,” he said Thursday at a press conference.
This Slutsky reiterated that “there is no factual basis for evidence of guilt Butinai does not exist” and that “all the accusations are far-fetched”. “The situation is absolutely bleeding. The foreign Ministry is doing everything possible. Russia cares about its citizens and will make all efforts for the liberation of Mary”, said Slutsky.
July 16 almost immediately after the summit Russia – the USA, Helsinki the U.S. justice Department announced that the citizen of Russia Maria Butina arrested in Washington on charges of unregistered activities in the territory of the United States as an agent acting in the interests of the Russian Federation. It is alleged that 29-year-old Butina “acted as an agent of Russia on the territory of the United States, developing relationships with American citizens and gaining access to organizations which influence American policy, with the purpose of promoting the interests of the Russian Federation”.