“It is completely inappropriate now to discuss” who could be involved in a possible US-Russian prisoner swap, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN during a conference call with journalists on Tuesday.
Peskov added that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already publicly said he would be open to a prisoner swap, but details need to be discussed between the two presidents.
The issue of prisoner swaps is high on the agenda ahead of Wednesday's Biden-Putin summit in Geneva, Switzerland, with both US and Russian officials saying they want their citizens returned.
Peskov's comments follow statements from Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who stated that Moscow is ready to hand over US citizens convicted in Russia, but Paul Whelan will not be among them.
The Biden-Putin summit will likely last around four-to-five hours, the spokesperson said, adding that the Russian president will hold a press conference "as soon as" the talks are over.
“I don't know if there will be a press conference for Mr. Biden. But I can officially confirm that a press conference of Vladimir Putin following the meeting will take place."