During the interview, the journalist asked the head of state whether he was ready to consider such an exchange of American citizens who were convicted in Russia.

“I know that there are US citizens who are in prison, have been convicted.

But if we compare this with the number of Russian citizens who are in US prisons, these figures are incomparable, ”Putin said, his words are quoted in reverse translation from English.

The Russian president also answered in the affirmative when asked whether he could consider such an issue.

At the end of May, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow and Washington were not discussing the issue of exchanging American Paul Whelan, convicted of espionage, for Russians imprisoned in the United States.