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Russia, U.S. not discussing prisoner swap of ex-U.S. marine - RIA cites Ryabkov - Metro US

Russia, U.S. not discussing prisoner swap of ex-U.S. marine – RIA cites Ryabkov

Verdict hearing of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow and Washington are not discussing a possible prisoner swap that could secure the release of Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying, the RIA news agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.

Whelan was convicted of spying last June and sentenced to 16 years in jail. He denies the charges against him.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov, Writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by John Stonestreet)

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