Antonov: Russia is doing everything possible for the soonest release of Russians Butinai

MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Russia sees nothing new in Russian women’s Butinai from the point of view of US behavior. About it declared on Wednesday to journalists the Russian Ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov.

“There is nothing new in this case. US intelligence agencies are hunting for citizens of Russia not only in USA but also in other countries,” he said.

“We’re making every effort to establish contact, to meet [with Marie Boutin] to solve the problem as quickly as possible, – said Antonov. We will do everything as quickly as possible to rescue the Russian citizen from this position”.

About the detention of Maria Butunoi it became known on Monday. In accordance with common justice documents, Butina supposedly “worked in the interests of the senior representative of the Russian government, which later occupied a high post in the Central Bank of the Russian Federation”. The Ministry of justice drew attention to the fact that this representative of the Russian authorities was in April 2018 included in the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury. The statement noted that the Russian woman may face up to five years of imprisonment, but it remains innocent as long as her guilt is proven in court.