US considers Russia’s response to prisoner exchange proposals frivolous

Moscow's counteroffer for a prisoner exchange with the United States was not serious, Washington hopes for a good-faith dialogue, the White House said. CNN wrote that Russia wants to return the ex-FSB officer who is serving a sentence in Germany =”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset=" 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

Karine Jean-Pierre

The White House does not consider the Russian side's response to the US prisoner exchange proposals serious, good-faith negotiations are needed, Karine Jean-Pierre's press secretary said during a briefing, without disclosing the essence of the answer. The broadcast was hosted by PBS.

“You know, it's not serious— counteroffer that was made. We do not consider it as a serious response proposal, & mdash; said a White House spokeswoman.

Jean-Pierre emphasized that the US wanted good faith negotiations on this issue and ensure that the exchange of prisoners takes place as soon as possible.

“What we heard , as my colleagues told you, was unfair,— she added.

At the end of July, CNN reported on the White House's offer to exchange businessman Viktor Bout, convicted in the United States, for Paul Whelan (he is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia on a case of espionage) and basketball player Brittney Griner. This initiative was supported by President Joe Biden, the channel noted. CNN later reported that Russia had offered to include former FSB officer Vadim Krasikov— he was sentenced in Berlin to life imprisonment for the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian citizen of Chechen origin.

According to the TV channel, the request was transmitted through unofficial channels of the FSB, but the United States considered such an initiative difficult to implement, since Krasikov is serving his sentence in Germany. At the same time, American officials sent a request to Berlin for comment, they were ready in Germany to consider such a possibility, unnamed sources told CNN. A US administration official described the request as a “status check”; Krasikov. A source in Berlin said that the German authorities did not seriously consider the exchange of the Russian, and this discussion did not reach high-ranking officials.

Read on RBC Pro Pro Perfect sleep: 10 rules that will help you achieve it Instructions Pro What IT people want to leave Russian companies and how to keep them Articles Pro Liquidate or leave: what happens to Russians' trusts in Europe Articles Pro International logistics in 2022: how goods are now being imported into Russia What is the catch? According to the investigation, Krasikov rode up to him on a bicycle and fired a pistol three times, he died on the spot, the Russian was detained. Krasikov was sentenced to imprisonment in December 2021. The court agreed with the prosecutor's office that it was not just the murder of a Georgian citizen, but the execution of the “state order for murder on German soil.”

The Russian authorities have publicly denied involvement in the incident more than once. President Vladimir Putin called him “the bloody man” and a “separatist” who took part in the hostilities, and one of the organizers of the terrorist attack in the Moscow metro. According to Putin, Khangoshvili is guilty of the deaths of 98 people “only in one of the actions.”

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