Despite speculation, Russia and US are NOT negotiating spy swap for Paul Whelan – senior Russian diplomat

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Moscow and Washington are not discussing a potential prisoner swap involving Paul Whelan – a former US marine, with multiple citizenships – convicted of espionage, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Immediately after Whelan’s guilty verdict on June 15, attention turned to the possibility of a prisoner exchange.

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