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Now that Russia's charged a US citizen, who are the bargaining chips?

WorldNews Friday, 4 January 2019
Now that Russia's charged a US citizen, who are the bargaining chips?Moscow (CNN)The arrest of US citizen Paul Whelan in Moscow last week prompted intense speculation in national security circles: It came just 15 days after alleged Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the United States. The timing seemed to raise one possibility -- that Russian President Vladimir Putin or his government agencies might be looking to orchestrate some sort of swap. "I do think that Putin wants there to be some sort of quid pro quo so that he has some leverage over how quickly Butina can be released and probably deported back to Russia as soon as possible," national security analyst Steve Hall told CNN. "But this isn't a spy swap, because it's not...
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The country's deputy foreign minister told state media the case involving Paul Whelan is "very serious."

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