December 11, 2022, 23:10 – Public News Service – OSN
National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby did not explain why USA exchanged basketball player Brittney Griner before ex-employee of the Washington Embassy in Moscow Mark Vogel, although the latter has been incarcerated longer. It is reported by Fox News.
“In this particular case, there is a limitation. That’s all I can say publicly,” Kirby said.
As previously reported by the Public News Service, Jane Vogel, wife of a 14-year sentence for smuggling drugs former employee of the American embassy in Moscow, Mark Fogel, said that the US State Department continues to maintain contacts with Russia on the issue of his release.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Jane said that she considers the release of American basketball player Brittney Griner, also convicted in Russia for drug smuggling, to be a “good sign”.
The day before, the American and Russian sides exchanged Brittney Griner for Russian Viktor Bout, who was serving a prison term in the United States due to charges of arms trafficking.
Jane shared information given to her by representatives of the State Department. According to these data, Vogel is still part of the negotiations.