Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, responding to a question about the possible inclusion of jailed Russian opponent Alexiei Navalny in an eventual exchange of prisoners with the US, said that the dissident could only be allowed to go to the United States "if he suddenly discovered that he is an American citizen and works for the special services "of that country," or rather, if it is officially confirmed by the Americans. "In another way, I don't think," Peskov concluded. This was reported by the Interfax agency, citing an interview by Peskov with Radio Eco in Moscow. The Kremlin spokesman also said that the question of Navalny's possible expatriation to the US was not discussed during yesterday's summit in Geneva between Putin and Biden.
Peskov last year accused the Russian opponent of collaborating with the CIA and Navalny then announced that he wanted to sue him. Alexiei Navalny was arrested in January, as soon as he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had been treated for an alleged poisoning that made fear for his life and for which the Russian secret services are suspected.