Russia says ready to discuss prisoner swap for basketball star Griner


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Russia said on Friday that it was ready to discuss prisoner swaps with Washington through an existing diplomatic channel, a day after basketball star Brittney Griner was handed a nine-year prison sentence for a drugs offence. 

“We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channel that was agreed upon by Presidents Putin and Biden,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“If the Americans decide to once again resort to public diplomacy… that is their business and I would even say that it is their problem.”

The Kremlin had previously warned the United States against resorting to “megaphone diplomacy” in the case of Griner, saying it could only derail efforts to secure a potential swap.

Griner’s sentence — which Joe Biden called “unacceptable” — could pave the way for a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap that would…

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