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The United States decided to replace the head of its delegation at the talks with Russia on nuclear issues Andrea Thompson because of its proximity to convicted Russian woman Marie Boutin. This publication reports Politico.
Initially it was assumed that the American delegation in Geneva, headed by Thompson, who holds the position of Deputy Secretary of state for arms control and international security. However, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo was seriously worried after the information about her friendship with the boyfriend Butinai Paul Erickson and decided to replace it with another of his Deputy John Sullivan.
Earlier it was reported that Thompson and her husband were in friendly relations with her boyfriend the condemned Russians Maria Butunoi Paul Erickson. Butina attended the wedding Thompson with her husband Julian, and Erickson led the ceremony. Thompson reported friendship with Erickson neither Congress nor the authorities at the time of approval to your post.
Butino detained in 2018, April 2019, the Russian woman was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment for “conspiracy to commit illegal work for the government of Russia.” By the time she’s served in custody nine months. Freedom Butina will be released in November, after which she’ll be deported from the country.
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