“Paul has decided not to appeal his sentence,” the statement said.
The Whelan family said the court’s decision is a “travesty of justice” and from this point on “there can only be a political resolution” of Paul’s case.
“We hope that those who can bring Paul home will do so as swiftly as possible,” the statement said.
His legal defence team claims Paul was a victim of a provocation.
In December of 2018, Russia’s Federal Security service detained Paul Whelan in Moscow on charges of espionage.
He denied the charges and said he came to Russia to attend a friend's wedding.