Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov (pictured) said that despite the prisoner swap, relations between the United States and Russia had not improved much.

(Associated Press)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] The Russian Kremlin said today (9th) that despite the prisoner exchange agreement reached between the United States and Russia, the diplomatic relations between the two countries are still in a state of "crisis".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian newspaper Izvestia, "Give any hypothetical conclusions that this matter could be a way to overcome our current bilateral relations," Agence France-Presse reported. It is very likely that this conclusion is wrong as a step in the crisis.”

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Peskov was referring to the agreement reached between the United States and Russia on the 8th, using the notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout as a bargaining chip in exchange for WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is serving a sentence in Russia, from the Russian government.

Peskov later said that relations between Russia and the United States "continue to be in a discouraging state," but at least negotiations with the U.S. government "could allow a Russian citizen, a Russian citizen held captive by the Americans for 14 years, to return to his country." .”