December 7, 2022
International

Russia is prepared to talk about an exchange with the US when Griner is jailed

Russia is prepared to talk about an exchange with the US when Griner is jailed

MOSCOW: The US and Russia agreed to privately negotiate a prisoner swap on Friday, one day after a Russian court handed US basketball star Brittney Griner a nine-year prison term for a drug offence.

After Russia moved soldiers into Ukraine on February 24, Griner’s case, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, was thrust into a global tumult.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden have already agreed to establish a diplomatic route to discuss potential prisoner exchanges, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

During a visit to Cambodia, Lavrov stated, “We are willing to discuss this matter but within the scope of the channel that was agreed upon by presidents Putin and Biden.

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