The Kremlin did not comment on the possibility of exchange of the convicted person in Russia Whelan

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov did not comment on the verdict of the American Semi Whelan and the possibility of further exchanges, noting that the Kremlin is not involved in such issues.

The Moscow city court on Monday sentenced Whelan to 16 years in a penal colony for espionage.

The prosecution has asked Whelan for 18 years of strict regime colony. The accused the last word said that espionage was not involved.

The process followed closely in the United States, to meetings was often visited by the American Ambassador, but directly in a court hall it is not allowed never: in the case marked "top secret", the review took place in a restricted mode.

During the detention of Whelan regularly complained about the state of health, quality of care, the prohibition to call your parents, of threats from prison staff and other things.

In the end, calls home, he was allowed after 16 months of arrest and recently had surgery for hernia, but recommended by the Embassy of the United States doctors are not allowed, considering that this is not necessary. U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan called the trial of Whelan, "opaque".

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 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.