Lavrov to speak with Blinken ‘if time allows’ on prisoner exchange

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to hold talks with his US counterpart Antony Blinken “if time allows,” Moscow said on Thursday, in comments made shortly after Washington said it would seek the release of detained US citizens. Signals from Russia concerning a potential exchange to secure the release of US basketball player Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, who are both imprisoned in Moscow, were not promising. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova was cited by the TASS news agency as saying that Lavrov presently has a full schedule of international contacts and woul…

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