Russia ‘ready’ to discuss prisoner swap involving American basketball player Brittney Griner

Russia ‘ready’ to discuss prisoner swap involving American basketball player Brittney Griner

Sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia on Thursday, Brittney Griner could be the subject of a prisoner exchange, announced the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.

Brittney Griner, basketball player KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow was willing to discuss with Washington a prisoner exchange involving basketball player Brittney Griner, via a presidential-level communication channel.

“We are ready to discuss this subject, but only within the framework of the channel (of communication) which was agreed by the presidents (Vladimir) Putin and (Joe) Biden”, indicated Mr. Lavrov, during a conference press from Cambodia.

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