Trump claims Putin will free jailed WSJ reporter Gershkovich for him ‘almost immediately’ if elected

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MOSCOW – Donald Trump has posted connected societal media that he will usage his narration pinch Russian President Vladimir Putin to get Wall Street newsman Evan Gershkovich freed from a Russian prison.

Trump wrote connected his societal media level Truth Social that this would hap soon aft nan November predetermination successful nan United States, erstwhile he is seeking to conclusion President Biden and return to nan White House.

Donald Trump said Putin would merchandise Evan Gershkovich for him. AP

“Evan Gershkovich, nan Reporter from The Wall Street Journal, who is being held by Russia, will beryllium released almost instantly aft nan Election, but decidedly earlier I presume Office. He will beryllium HOME, SAFE, AND WITH HIS FAMILY,” Trump said.

“Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, will do that for me, but not for anyone else, and WE WILL BE PAYING NOTHING!”

Trump did not mention to immoderate contacts pinch Putin aliases opportunity what grounds he had to judge that nan Russian leader would merchandise Gershkovich.

Asked astir nan comments, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Putin has “naturally not had contacts pinch Donald Trump”.

Trump said he could extremity nan warfare successful Ukraine successful 24 hours if elected president. AFP/Getty Images

Gershkovich was arrested successful Russia successful March past twelvemonth connected spying charges that he, his insubstantial and nan Biden management person each powerfully denied.

He has spent good complete a twelvemonth successful a Moscow prison, pinch nary day group for a trial.

Putin said successful February it might beryllium possible to free him successful speech for a Russian imprisoned successful Germany for murder.

Gershkovich was arrested successful Russia successful March past twelvemonth connected spying charges that he, his insubstantial and nan Biden management person each powerfully denied. via REUTERS

Peskov reiterated erstwhile Kremlin statements that contacts pinch Washington regarding immoderate speech of prisoners must beryllium conducted “in complete soundlessness and perfectly discreetly. This is nan only measurement they tin beryllium effective”.

During his 2017-2021 presidency, Trump expressed admiration for Putin.

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In 2018, he refused to blasted nan Russian leader for meddling successful nan 2016 U.S. election, casting uncertainty connected nan findings of his ain intelligence agencies and sparking disapproval astatine home.

Trump has besides claimed he could extremity nan warfare successful Ukraine wrong 24 hours of returning to nan White House, though he has not said really he would do this.


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