Russia Interested in Prisoner Swap With the United States

( – During a recent interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin had with the United States news journalist, Tucker Carlson, they discussed a potential prisoner release.

The two-hour interview was published on Thursday and many sensitive topics were discussed, one being the topic of a potential prisoner exchange. Carlson pressed Putin about the prisoner, named Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested on espionage charges about 10 months ago and has been held in Russia ever since.

Putin responded to the initial ask on whether or not they’d entertain letting Gershkovich go by saying “We have done so many gestures of goodwill out of decency that I think we have run out of them.” Essentially saying that he’s not willing to let him go without something in return from the United States.

“The guy is obviously not a spy, he’s a kid … and maybe he was breaking your law in some way, but he’s not a super spy. … He’s being held hostage..Maybe it’s not fair to ask for an exchange,” Carlson said to Putin.

Vladimir did say that a prisoner exchange was being discussed between Russia and the United States, but he didn’t specify who Russia was interested in getting released but he did say that the prisoner was held in an allied country to the United States.

There have also been conversations previously regarding a deal with Russia that would allow the release of the convicted Russian assassin, Vadim Krasikov, a Russian citizen sentenced in 2019 and serving his time in Germany.

“I do not rule out that the person you refer to, Mr. Gershkovich, may return to his motherland. At the end of the day, it does not make sense to keep him in prison in Russia. We want the U.S. special services to think about how they can contribute to achieving the goals our special services are pursuing,” Putin stated, regarding the Wall Street Journalist they have in prison.

The Wall Street Journal spoke out about Evan saying, “Evan is a journalist, and journalism is not a crime. Any portrayal to the contrary is total fiction. Evan was unjustly arrested and has been wrongfully detained by Russia for nearly a year for doing his job, and we continue to demand his immediate release.”

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