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Russia, US will continue to discuss prisoner swaps: Deputy Foreign Minister


(Reuters) – Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that Russia and the United States would continue to discuss possible prisoner swaps directly, without intermediaries, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Ryabkov also said, according to the Interfax news agency, that Russia “will contact all partners who show interest in this,” including Bill Richardson, former governor of the US state of New Mexico.

Richardson had traveled to Moscow in a private capacity in an effort to secure the release of American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was released Thursday from a Russian prison in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

US President Joe Biden said Thursday that Washington remains committed to securing the return of jailed ex-Marine Paul Whelan, whose release Richardson had also pushed for in Moscow.

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(Reuters reporting; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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