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U.S. and Russia discuss release of Griner and Whelan – RIA

2022-11-28T06:10:39Z

The United States and Russia are discussing the release of basketball star Brittney Griner and ex-marine Paul Whelan through special channels, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing a top U.S. diplomat.

Elizabeth Rood, charge d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in Russia, was quoted as saying that the United States had submitted a serious proposal for consideration but it had not received a “serious response” back from Russia.

Russia and the United States have been discussing a deal that could see Griner, who is facing nine years in jail in Russia on drug charges, return to the United States in exchange for convicted Russian weapons trafficker Viktor Bout.

No deal has materialised amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

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Elizabeth Rood, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, speaks to the members of the media after leaving the court hearing of U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina


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