After the American player was imprisoned Lavrov makes an offer to Washington

After the American player was imprisoned, Lavrov makes an offer to Washington
After the American player was imprisoned, Lavrov makes an offer to Washington

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow is ready to discuss a prisoner exchange with Washington through existing diplomatic channels, a day after a US basketball player was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Lavrov added: We are ready to discuss this issue, but within the framework of the channel that was agreed upon between Presidents Putin and Biden, according to what was reported by the agency Reuters.

On Thursday, a Russian court sentenced American basketball player Britney Grainer to nine years in prison after she was found guilty of intentionally bringing cannabis-filled cartridges to Russia.

Lavrov's speech means that the American player may not serve the sentence in Russian prisons, and she may be released soon if an agreement is reached in this regard.

Immediately, US President Joe Biden responded to the ruling, describing it as unacceptable, calling for the release of the American athlete.

Greiner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and NBA star, was arrested in mid-February when she arrived to play for a Russian team after the women's NBA season ended.

Greiner, a Phoenix Mercury player, has been in prison since arriving at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.

President Biden is seeking to conduct a prisoner exchange, in which the Russian arms dealer, Victor Bout, who is imprisoned in America, will be exchanged for Greiner and her former compatriot Paul Whelan, who is accused of spying in Russia.

Whelan was a security official at an auto parts company and a former Marine, who was arrested by Moscow in December 2018 on charges of possessing sensitive materials, and was convicted of espionage in June 2020 and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Butt is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States, which received him from Thailand in 2010, after a special operation conducted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency two years ago.

Lavrov and his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, held talks in late July to discuss a prisoner exchange deal, speaking of an American offer in this regard.

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