“This rather sensitive issue of the exchange of convicted Russian and American citizens is being discussed through the channels set by our presidents. These individuals are, indeed, being discussed. The Russian side has long been calling for the release of Viktor The details should be left to the professionals, based on the ‘do no harm’ principle,” Darchiev told TASS.
Darchiev was responding to a request for comment on US reports that US officials had sent a proposal to Moscow regarding the exchange of Bout for Griner and Whelan, TASS reported.
CNN’s Kylie Atwood, Evan Perez, Jennifer Hansler and Chandelis Duster contributed to this report.