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.

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