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Parents of former US Marine urge Biden to push for jailed son’s freedom at talks with Putin

FILE PHOTO: Former US Marine Reed attends a trial in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, who was detained in 2019 and charged with assaulting police officers, stands inside the defendants’ cages during a trial in Moscow, Russia November 11 March 2020. REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva / File Photo

December 6, 2021

By Tom Balmforth

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The parents of Trevor Reed, a former US Marine held in a prison in Russia, on Monday urged President Joe Biden to raise their son’s case with Russian President Vladimir Putin at virtual talks to promote the boy’s freedom.

Biden and Putin will speak in a video conference Tuesday with Ukraine that is sure to dominate the agenda as Russia’s military buildup has raised fears of a possible attack. Moscow denies any such plans.

Ahead of the talks, Reed’s parents Joey and Paula said they were concerned a major escalation in Ukraine could interfere with their 30-year-old son’s chances of release.

“We need President Biden to do whatever it takes to get our son home before it’s too late. We do not want Trevor… to be left behind,” they said in a statement to Reuters.

Reed, from Texas, was sentenced to nine years in prison last year after being found guilty of endangering the lives of two policemen in Moscow while drunk during a visit in 2019. He denies the charge. forced and the United States called his trial a “theatre of the absurd”.

He and Paul Whelan, an American jailed in Russia on espionage charges he denies, are considered possible candidates for a prisoner swap with the United States.

Russian media have hailed Konstantin Yaroshenko, a pilot who has served 20 years in prison for conspiring to smuggle cocaine, and Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer serving 25 years in prison, as possible candidates. convert.

“He (Reed) needs the president to bring him and Paul Whelan home and he needs elected officials to assist the president in doing what it takes to make that happen,” parent statement said. said.

Reed and Whelan are on a long list of contentious issues between Putin and Biden.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)

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