American negotiators understood “last week” that there was “no chance” of managing to release Paul Whelan at the same time as Brittney Griner. To grant the release of the former Marine, Moscow wanted to release a Russian, detained in Germany for the murder of a Chechen opponent, said Sunday a spokesman for the White HouseJohn Kirby.
“They seemed to want a man, named Mr. Krasikov, who is being held in Germany,” he said in an interview with the channel. ABC. “He’s an assassin” and the offer had not been considered “serious”, he continued. Since this man is not being held on American soil, “how could we get involved? added John Kirby.
Running in a park
Vadim Krasikov was sentenced last year to life imprisonment for the murder in a park of Berlin of a Chechen opponent who, according to German justice, had been sponsored by Moscow.
If Brittney Griner, American basketball star imprisoned in Russia for months for carrying a small amount of cannabis oil liquid was finally traded for the arms dealer on Thursday Russian Viktor Bout, Paul Whelan remained behind bars. He said he was “very disappointed”.
Moscow approached his case in a “totally separate” way because “of the false accusations of espionage held against him”, retorted John Kirby. “We have an ongoing and open dialogue with the Russians,” added Roger Carstens, American envoy for the release of hostages, on Sunday. CNN.
He said he spoke to Paul Whelan on Friday, promising that the Biden administration would “bring him home”.