A Russian appeals court on Monday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for Trevor Reed, a former US Marine who was convicted last year of endangering the lives of two police officers in August 2019, charges he denies.
US Ambassador John Sullivan, who returned to Moscow last week after leaving in April amid a diplomatic crisis, said he regretted the court's decision.
"Today marks another sad milestone as TrevorReed's appeal was denied," Sullivan said, in comments shared on Twitter by the embassy's spokesperson.
"(It is) another absurd miscarriage of justice in Russia as the world watches," Sullivan said.
Reed's defence team plan to lodge a further appeal, the RIA news agency cited Reed's lawyer as saying.
President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden discussed the topic of prisoner swaps at talks in Geneva this month.
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