Russian President Vladimir Putin stated Wednesday that he mentioned a doable prisoner swap with US counterpart Joe Biden and that “compromises” could also be doable.
“President Biden raised this issue… We discussed it, there may be certain compromises,” Putin stated.
“The Russian foreign ministry and the US State Department will work in this direction.”
Putin forward of the summit renewed a proposal to swap prisoners in “matters of a humanitarian nature”, after Biden stated US residents detained in Russia can be on the agenda.
Former US marine Paul Whelan, who in 2020 was jailed by Russia for 16 years for espionage, had urged Biden to rearrange an trade and stated in a current interview he was sufferer of hostage diplomacy.
Another US citizen, Trevor Reed, was sentenced to 9 years in jail in 2020 on fees of assaulting Russian law enforcement officials whereas drunk.
Moscow could possibly be eyeing the return of a infamous Russian arms supplier imprisoned by the United States, Viktor Bout, and a contract pilot and alleged drug trafficker, Konstantin Yaroshenko.
Bout, often called the “Merchant of Death,” is regarded as the inspiration for the title character within the 2005 movie “Lord of War” starring Nicholas Cage.
His aged mom has appealed to each Biden and Putin to barter her son’s launch so she will be able to see him once more whereas nonetheless alive.
Yaroshenko was convicted in 2011 of smuggling medicine into the United States. He was extradited from Liberia in what the Kremlin denounced as a kidnapping.
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