MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States is pressing its offer to swap prisoners with Russia and urging Moscow to treat it seriously, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said Saturday.
“We’ve put a serious offer on the table that we think they should definitely consider,” Kirby told CNN.
At the same time, he described the possible inclusion of a second Russian citizen in a possible deal as “not a serious counter-offer”.
CNN reported on Friday that Russian officials had asked the United States to provide a second prisoner in response to Washington’s possible prisoner exchange offer to Moscow for Americans Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner.
Russia reportedly requested earlier this month that the United States provide Russian citizen Vadim Krasikov as well as Russian businessman Viktor Bout. In December, a German court found Krasikov guilty of murdering former Chechen fighter Zelimkhan Khangoshvili and sentenced him to life in prison in Germany.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said negotiations on prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States were underway, but there were no concrete results yet. .