Russia says it is awaiting US response on prisoner swap

The comments from a senior Russian diplomat are an apparent reference to Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich

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Russia said it is awaiting a response from Washington to its proposals for a possible exchange of prisoners, an apparent reference to U.S. citizens detained in Russia such as Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, Wednesday told the state news agency TASS that “the ball is in the U.S.’s court, we are waiting for their response to the ideas that were presented to them.”

“I understand that the Americans are probably not happy with something in these ideas—that’s their problem,” he added, without elaborating further.

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