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Russia: 'No implemented agreements in this area' - Kremlin spox on swap Griner and Whelan for Bout
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Russia: 'No implemented agreements in this area' - Kremlin spox on swap Griner and Whelan for Bout

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 28, 2022 at 13:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said there are 'no implemented agreements' regarding the swap of jailed Russian citizen Viktor Bout for two US citizens, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

"Such information is not thrown in when discussing such topics. Usually it becomes known after the agreements have been implemented. So far, there have been no implemented agreements in this area," he said while speaking to journalists in Moscow on Thursday.

On Thursday, Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova commented on US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's statement that the United States had made an offer to Russia to exchange Viktor Bout, for Americans Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years in Russian prison for espionage, and basketball player Brittney Griner, accused of drug smuggling.

"The issue of mutual exchange of Russian and American citizens in custody on the territory of the two countries was discussed by the presidents of Russia and the United States. They gave instructions to the relevant authorities to conduct negotiations. They are being conducted by the relevant agencies. A concrete result has not been reached yet," the statement issued on the MFA official website reads.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the authorities were ready to 'make any effort to bring home' its citizens.

"We will try to return all Americans who were victims of illegal detention, including Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan," Blinken said.

Russia: 'No implemented agreements in this area' - Kremlin spox on swap Griner and Whelan for Bout
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Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said there are 'no implemented agreements' regarding the swap of jailed Russian citizen Viktor Bout for two US citizens, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

"Such information is not thrown in when discussing such topics. Usually it becomes known after the agreements have been implemented. So far, there have been no implemented agreements in this area," he said while speaking to journalists in Moscow on Thursday.

On Thursday, Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova commented on US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's statement that the United States had made an offer to Russia to exchange Viktor Bout, for Americans Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years in Russian prison for espionage, and basketball player Brittney Griner, accused of drug smuggling.

"The issue of mutual exchange of Russian and American citizens in custody on the territory of the two countries was discussed by the presidents of Russia and the United States. They gave instructions to the relevant authorities to conduct negotiations. They are being conducted by the relevant agencies. A concrete result has not been reached yet," the statement issued on the MFA official website reads.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the authorities were ready to 'make any effort to bring home' its citizens.

"We will try to return all Americans who were victims of illegal detention, including Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan," Blinken said.