Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years after being found guilty of drug trafficking. She was arrested in February upon her arrival in Moscow on drug possession charges after she was found in her cannabis oil luggage. She was a two-time Olympic champion with the United States, the American basketball player, she had pleaded guilty, but claimed to have inadvertently brought the substance to Russia, rejecting the charge of drug trafficking.
Moscow and Washington discuss the possible exchange of prisoners: an exchange in which the American basketball champion could be part. The US expects the release of Griner and also of another US citizen detained in Russia, Paul Whelan.
Brittney Griner sentenced in Russia, but Moscow
Sergei Lavrov said: "We are ready to discuss this issue, but only within the communication channel agreed by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden." US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, from the East Asia Summit in Cambodia: "Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said this morning that they are ready to commit.
And we will pursue it." Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured that the department's priority is to work to bring home Brittney and the other American wrongfully detained, Paul Whelan. Brittney, during the hearing, said: "They call me a political pawn, but I hope politics stays out of this courtroom.
I made a good faith mistake, I didn't mean to break the law. I apologized to my team, to my family. I didn't want to hurt anyone. The only thing I want is to go back to them." "Brittney is very ill, it is difficult to talk to him," said the lawyers of the US basketball champion.
Griner's lawyers have announced that they will appeal the sentence for which they now have 10 days. We will see next upadates in the coming days.