The state Department refused to comment on the matter of Butynol

© Photo : CtacШтаб-house, U.S. Department of State. Archive photoThe state Department refused to comment on the matter of Butynol© Photo : Ctac

The official U.S. state Department spokesman Heather Nauert stated that the Agency would not comment on the case of Russian Maria Butunoi, as they are handled by the Ministry of justice.

Butino detained in July in the United States. She is accused of conspiracy to commit an agent of a foreign government without registering with the U.S. justice Department, as well as in the work of a foreign agent. On the totality of the charges, she faces up to 15 years in prison. Butina told the court about his innocence. The Russian authorities also believe the accusations against the Russians far-fetched.

«The Department of state, unlike other governments in the world, will not touch the situation with law enforcement. This is the Ministry of justice. The Secretary of state will have nothing to say on this subject,» — said Nauert at the briefing.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo should act in the Senate — including the question of Russian-American relations.