The US government is negotiating a prisoner swap with the Russian government that would bring home Brittney Griner and another US citizen, Paul Whelan, who was detained for espionage in exchange for Viktor Bout, an arms dealer detained in the US and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
prison. Brittney was arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on February 19 because she carried two cartridges for electronic cigarettes based on cannabis oil, a substance legal in the United States, but prohibited in Russia.
A modest amount to relieve the pain from chronic injuries she has acquired during her career. Here enters the former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, who would like to travel to Russia to ask for the release of Brittney Griner, WNBA superstar detained in Moscow since February and sentenced two weeks ago to nine years in prison for possessing cannabis oil.
Rodman told: "I was allowed to go to Russia to help that girl, I'm looking to go there this week." White House in the form of a Joe Biden rep said he was concerned about Rodman's meddling. In fact, former star of the Chicago Bulls, he has long been friends with North Korean Kim Jong Un, and has traveled to Pyongyang several times over the past decade.
In 2014 he called Vladimir Putin cool, after a trip to Moscow.
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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.