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Whelan's arrest took place shortly after a Russian woman named Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States for attempting to infiltrate Republican political circles on behalf of the Russian government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and spokespeople for the Russian government have attempted to portray Butina as a victim, and some analysts speculated that the arrest of Whelan could be retribution for Butina’s case.
https://www.newsweek.com/american-pa...ia-spy-1275503
Despite President Donald Trump’s openness to talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin and having closer ties with Russia, the U.S. relationship with Moscow has deteriorated amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign collaborated with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Numerous Russian citizens and companies were indicted by the Justice Department as a result of the investigation. Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously concluded that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Donald Trump.
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Last week, a former member of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad said that Russia had picked Trump for the presidency and "ran" him.

"Officials in Moscow looked at the 2016 U.S. presidential race and asked, ‘Which candidate would we like to have sitting in the White House? Who will help us achieve our goals?’ And they chose him. From that moment, they deployed a system [of bots] for the length of the elections, and ran him for president,” former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo told the audience at The Marker’s digital conference in Israel.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the United Kingdom accused Russia of attempting to poison Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, on its soil. Dutch and British intelligence services later determined that Russia had attempted to hack into the chemical weapons watchdog that was studying the poison used on Skripal.
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