Russia ‘Ready To Discuss’ Prisoner Swap For Brittney Griner

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner, stands listening to a verdict in a courtroom in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. American basketball star Brittney Griner apologized to her family and teams as a Russian court heard closing arguments in her drug possession trial said it expected to deliver a verdict later Thursday. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)

The Russian government says it’s ‘ready to discuss’ a prisoner swap for Brittney Griner.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Vladimir Putin and President Biden had established a ‘special channel’ to work out a possible deal.

On Thursday, Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug smuggling charges – a sentence Biden called “unacceptable”. It’s been reported that the U.S. is offering notorious arms dealer Victor Bout in exchange for Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

Do you think a deal will be worked out? Was Griner’s arrest and conviction a political ploy on Russia’s part? Share your thoughts on KGO 810’s Facebook and Twitter.

Local News

KGO Events

 

Stay updated with KGO 810

Subscribe to KGO 810’s weekly eblast to get the latest information on local news, events, and exclusives from your favorite personalities.