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‘It takes two to tango’ – Russia, US reach major agreement amid Ukraine war

The United States of America has agreed to prisoners swap with Russia, CNN understands.


Joe Biden administration reach an agreement with Moscow to free a convicted Russian arms trafficker, Viktor Bout.

The deal will see two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, regain their freedom.

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The Russian arms trafficker is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States of America.

The plan to trade Bout for Whelan and Griner received the backing of President Biden after being under discussion since earlier this year.

Biden’s support for the swap overrides opposition from the Department of Justice, which is generally against prisoner trades.

“We communicated a substantial offer that we believe could be successful based on a history of conversations with the Russians,” a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

“We communicated that a number of weeks ago, in June.”

According to CNN, the official declined to comment on the specifics of the “substantial offer.”

They said it was in Russia’s “court to be responsive to it, yet at the same time that does not leave us passive, as we continue to communicate the offer at very senior levels.

“It takes two to tango. We start all negotiations to bring home Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained with a bad actor on the other side.

“We start all of these with somebody who has taken a human being American and treated them as a bargaining chip,” the official said.

“So in some ways, it’s not surprising, even if it’s disheartening, when those same actors don’t necessarily respond directly to our offers, don’t engage constructively in negotiations.”

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