Russia is ready to discuss a prisoner swap a day after Brittney Griner’s nine-year sentence

The day after Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years by a Russian court for a drug crime, they are ready to discuss a prisoner swap, Reuters reports.

On Friday, Russia said it was ready to continue prisoner exchange talks. President Biden and Putin initially agreed on a “diplomatic channel” to be used to discuss details.

We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the channel that was agreed upon by Presidents Putin and Biden,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Cambodia.

Lavrov continued:

If the Americans decide to resort to public diplomacy again… that’s their business and I’d even say it’s their problem.

Russian officials reiterated that they were only interested in discussing a prisoner exchange in private.

The Americans have already made this mistake by suddenly deciding to use megaphone diplomacy to resolve these issues,” said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Biden told reporters at the White House that he was “hopeful” and “we are working hard” to bring Brittney Griner home.

Brittney Griner’s verdict

A Russian court found Brittney Griner guilty of attempted drug smuggling and drug possession on Thursday.

According to CNN, the conviction says Brittney had criminal intent when she tried to enter the country with less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.

Before the verdict, the Russian prosecutors asked the court to consider giving the WNBA star 9.5 years at their closing. Shortly after news of the verdict broke, Britney’s lawyers confirmed that the Russian court had granted prosecutors’ request. No result, she was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony, for New York Times. In addition, the judge fined Britney about 16,300 dollars – one million rubles.

Britney apologized and stated in part:

I never wanted to hurt anyone, I never wanted to endanger the Russian population, I never wanted to break the laws here

Housemates, what do you think about this?

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