The brother of the previous U.S. Marine held in Russia for the final three years mentioned the household has “just a little little bit of hope” following talks of a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap.
The swap would reportedly commerce a Russian arms trafficker for detained U.S. residents Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, although the State Division hasn’t shared particulars. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is about to debate the matter with Russia quickly.
“The supply that the U.S. authorities has made — and terribly made public — is tremendous,” mentioned Whelan’s twin brother, David Whelan, on ABC Information’ “Good Morning America” Thursday.
“Hopefully the Russian authorities will take the concessions which were made and permit Paul to return house.”
Whelan has been held in Russia since December 2018, arrested on spying costs and sentenced to 16 years behind bars.
WNBA star Griner is the opposite prisoner included within the Biden administration’s talks — who pled responsible to bringing cannabis oil vape cartridges into the nation and has been held for the final 5 months.
The U.S. made an identical prisoner swap in April for former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, who had been detained in Russia since 2019.