Russia and the United States do not negotiate about the exchange of Whelan

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.

"I would like to emphasize once again that the rumors on the subject of alleged ongoing discussions with the American side some of the probable schemes for the exchange, even used such a word, Whelan our citizens are not true," said Zakharov on the briefing.

As reported earlier by RIA Novosti, the lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov, now there are negotiations about the exchange of Whelan on in American prisons Russians. Neither Whelan nor his protection, he explained, do not participate in them and know about them only from backroom conversations. While the list of possible candidates for sharing of figure Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a sentence in the United States.

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.