Russia says no grounds for arrest in US of suspected Russian agent

Maria Butina has been charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government. (Reuters pic)

MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the arrest in the United States of a 29-year-old woman accused of being a Russian agent was carried out to spoil the positive impact of Monday’s Russia-US summit in Helsinki, RIA news agency reported.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was cited as saying there were no grounds for the detention of Russian Maria Butina, who was arrested on Sunday, a day before presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump met in Helsinki.

Butina has been charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government.