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The US presidential administration considered the counter offer made by Moscow to be frivolous after Washington offered to exchange the Russian businessman Viktor Bout for the Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
How stated at the briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Russia “made a counteroffer, which we don’t see as a serious counteroffer.” According to her, this “treacherous” sentence. She declined to reveal details.
We want to bring home Britney Griner and Paul Whelan. They’ve been wrongfully detained, we’ve made that very clear. We have made a meaningful proposal. We want to negotiate in good faith on this issue and do so as soon as possible.
What offer of Russia in the White House was considered frivolous is unknown. CNN TV channel informed at the end of July, that Russia offered the United States to include in the prisoner exchange alleged FSB officer Vadim Krasikov, who was sentenced to life in Germany for the murder of former Chechen warlord Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. A CNN source claimed that the United States approached Germany with this issue, but they did not seriously consider the exchange of Krasikov.
Russia and the United States are discussing a prisoner exchange against the backdrop of the trial, which is taking place in Russia over American basketball player Brittney Griner. She is accused of drug smuggling and faces up to 10 years in prison. The United States is asking for the extradition of Greiner, as well as Paul Whelan, who was sentenced to 16 years on charges of espionage. According to CNNpresumably, Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States on charges of arms smuggling, will return to Russia in return.
29 July possible prisoner exchange discussed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during their first telephone conversation since the start of the war in Ukraine.