°

American expert estimated the chances of the exchange of Whelan on the Russians

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.

"It would be speculation to guess who might be included in the exchange. In each case it is the subject of direct negotiations," - said the expert and practitioner in the field of international law.

Earlier in mass media appeared information about possible exchange Whelan Russians Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko.

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

Attorney Whelan has previously stated that the foreign intelligence Service considers the possibility of exchange of his client for Viktor bout or Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a sentence in the United States. As stated by RIA Novosti Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, commenting on the verdict Whelan, Moscow has repeatedly proposed to Washington the exchange of citizens of both countries, is already serving a sentence. No names were announced.

Yaroshenko in the United States in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges in the preparation of the conspiracy to commit delivery of large quantities of drugs into U.S. territory.

Bout was arrested in Thailand on us request in 2008 as a result of provocative operations of the American intelligence services and transported in the United States. In 2012, a jury in new York found the Russians guilty in the preparation of the conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens and material support of terrorism.