Executive Intelligence Review


Former FSB Head Kovalev Charges U.S. Special Services Are Acting Against U.S. President

July 18, 2018 (EIRNS)—Former chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and now member of the Russian State Duma, Nikolai Kovalev, told TASS on July 17 that the U.S. special services are acting against the U.S. President. He was commenting on the fact that Russian national, Maria Butina, in the U.S. is being held without bail on charges of espionage for Russia. Butina’s lawyer said she was not a Russian agent.

“It is absolutely evident that U.S. special services are working against their President. They are seeking to interfere this or that way into political process, a thing that must not be done by any special service,”

Kovalev said, and stating that U.S. special services “are taking deliberate steps to hinder development of normal relations between the two countries.

“It is very regrettable,” he said. “They’d better think about how to organize cooperation in the sphere of counter-terrorist actions.”

Commenting the Monday arrest of Butina, Kovalev stated that, as with the United Kingdom, the United States is becoming a dangerous country for Russian nationals.

“Practically anyone can be accused of anything, so, any commercial activity carried out by Russians in the United States may be presented as the use of personal contacts in Russia’s interests. It is utter nonsense,”

he said. “She was denied a possibility to explain her actions. Instead, they opted to arrest her on the very day of the Putin-Trump meeting,” July 16.