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US diplomat: Biden intends to discuss the case of the American convicted in Russia of spying

Chargé d'Affairs of the US Embassy in Russia Bartel Gorman said that US President Joe Biden intends to raise the issue of the release of Paul Whelan, the American convicted in Russia for spying, during the Geneva summit.

The Chargé d'Affairs in Moscow added - on his Twitter page, according to the (Russia Today) news channel today, Tuesday, that "today is the 900th day since the entry of the American citizen "Paul Whelan" to prison, and the American president intends to raise this important issue at the summit. The US-Russia Bilateral in Geneva with President Putin; it's time for Paul to finally return to the US."

And Putin had said - previously in an interview with the American channel (NBC). "There are American citizens in prison (Russia), who were convicted, but if we compare this with the number of Russian citizens who are in American prisons, the numbers do not match." .

It is noteworthy that the Russian-American summit will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, in Geneva, and this will be the first meeting between Putin and Biden since the latter became president of the United States.

On the other hand, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that his country does not attach exaggerated illusions to the upcoming Russian-American summit, adding, "It is naive to expect major breakthroughs to be achieved during this summit."

Ryabkov explained - to the Russian newspaper (Izvestia) today - "One of the results of the summit may be the decision of the two presidents, Putin and Biden, to return the ambassadors, and start implementing the understandings or agreements that will be reached during the summit," explaining that this will undoubtedly be an important signal to turn the page. It is very difficult to start something new.