Moscow and Washington do not negotiate on the exchange of convicted espionage American Paul Whelan for the citizens of Russia contained in the U.S. prisons, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
The Moscow city court on 15 June sentenced former us marine's Whelan to 16 years in prison for espionage, the defense has said it will appeal. A consequence of the plot of the case is not officially open: from the press release, the FSB followed that Whelan was detained in Moscow in late 2018 during spy promotions. The accused the last word said that espionage was not involved. The defense claims that American became a victim of provocation: he gave the flash drive that he had expected to see a photo of a tourist trip to Sergiev Posad.
The process of discussion, exchange of serving time in prison in the U.S. of Russians Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko is soon in their life can happen a positive change, reported Wednesday RIA Novosti news Agency the lawyer Alexei Tarasov.
According to the lawyer, he can't disclose details, information about whom owns at this stage.
The United States and Russia or the Soviet Union usually exchanged spies, but in recent years this approach to sharing is eroded, so it is possible that it will affect the situation with the possible exchange of the convicted in Russia for espionage Paul Whelan on someone in us prisons are Russians, says Professor and co-Director of the Centre for international law at new York law school, Barry Appleton.
Appleton noted that international law has never been applicable in similar situations and the result has always been exclusively the subject of negotiations between the two sides.
Moscow demands from the U.S. authorities to provide treatment of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, serving time in an American prison, in addition Washington needs to show humanism and to liberate the Russians and other wrongfully convicted citizens and allow them to return home in a pandemic, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
She recalled that the health of Russians was severely eroded, including due to torture during interrogation in Liberia: he knocked out teeth, damaged internal organs.
Wife of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, serving time in an American prison, hoping for the possibility of exchange for American Paul Whelan, who on Monday was convicted in Russia for espionage.
Whelan was detained in Moscow in late 2018 during spy promotions. On Monday, the Moscow city court sentenced him to 16 years in a strict regime colony. The American in the final statement said that espionage was not involved. His defense argues that he became a victim of provocation.
Some Russians in US prisons tested for coronavirus, the results are negative, is reflected in the responses of Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov to the media on the website of the foreign Ministry.
"After our appeals to the American authorities, many compatriots were provided with qualified medical aid. Some of the convicts have already tested for the coronavirus. Fortunately, the results are negative," - said Antonov.
The Russian Embassy in the United States is concerned about the condition of Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, which is contained in an American prison, and sent to the state Department a note with the requirement immediately to give him medical treatment.
"In this regard, has sent a note to the US state Department with a demand to take necessary steps for the immediate provision of medical services Yaroshenko. Expect a dental examination will be performed promptly, and our compatriot will be provided with qualified medical aid", - the Ambassador added.
Moscow considers unacceptable the stay in the American prison of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and other Russian citizens on the background of the situation with coronavirus, hoping for a manifestation of humanism from Washington, according to the foreign Ministry.
As noted in comments on the Ministry's website, Moscow continues to monitor closely the situation in the United States in prison or under investigation by the citizens.