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The US called on Russia to accept a “serious offer” for a prisoner exchange. The corresponding statement was made on Tuesday, August 2, by the coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council at the White House, John Kirby.

“We have made a serious offer” and we urge the Russian side to accept it because it is “sincere” and Washington will be able to “reinforce words with deeds,” Kirby said. According to him, the United States wants the American basketball player Brittney Griner and the BorgWarner security director Paul Whelan, who was convicted of espionage, “to return home to their families.” The United States and Russia are “hard at work intergovernmentally” on the issue, Kirby added, declining to comment publicly. negotiation details.

The White House does not consider Moscow’s counterproposal as serious

Earlier, on August 1, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing that the Russian side had put forward “counterofferwhich we do not consider serious.”

Russia asked Washington to add to the deal to exchange Greiner and Whelan for Viktor Bout, who is serving time in the United States for arms trafficking, another Russian – Vadim Krasikov, who was found guilty of the murder of former Chechen field commander Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin. This was reported CNN channel July 29, citing sources. According to the channel, the Russian Federation transmitted this proposal through unofficial channels of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the United States considered it “problematic”, but sent a request to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bout and Krasikov cases

Moscow has been demanding the extradition of a former Soviet officer for years Victor Boutwho in 2012 was found guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans and US officials, in an attempt to purchase and sell missiles and support terrorism through cooperation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia group and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Russian Vadim Krasikov, who was traveling with a fake passport in the name of Vadim Sokolov, killed Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in the Small Tiergarten park in Berlin and was soon arrested by German police. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, and the prosecution indicated that the murder was committed for political reasons by order of the Russian state services. Khangoshvili fought against the Russian army in the second Chechen war in 2000-2004, and according to experts, Moscow viewed him as an enemy. After the assassination, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he was the organizer of the explosions in the Moscow metro, but did not provide any evidence.

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