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Swiss say ready to offer good offices for US-Russia prisoner swap

06/16/2021 | 02:14pm EDT

GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters) - Swiss President Guy Parmelin said on Wednesday that he told Russian President Vladimir Putin of the neutral country's willingness to act as mediator for prisoner exchanges.

Earlier, Putin told a news conference that U.S. President Joe Biden raised the issue of U.S. citizens jailed in Russia during summit talks in Geneva on Wednesday, and that he believed some compromises could be found.

"We offered our good offices, that's part of our DNA," Parmelin told a separate news conference after bilateral talks with Putin. "Regarding a specific mediation in the process initiated with the United States we did not discuss this point in detail but clearly Switzerland is available." (Reporting by Michael Shields; editing by Stephanie Nebehay)


ę Reuters 2021
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