Russia ‘ready’ to discuss prisoner swap with US, says foreign minister – Reuters

He spoke a day after a Russian court sentenced Griner to nine years



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By AFP

Published: Fri, August 5, 2022, 11:50 AM

Russia is “ready” to discuss a prisoner swap with Washington at the presidential level, its foreign minister said on Friday, a day after American basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted of drugs.

“We are ready to discuss this subject, but only within the framework of the [communication] channel created by Presidents Putin and Biden,” Sergei Lavrov told a news conference during a visit to Cambodia.

“There is a special channel established by the presidents and despite some public statements it is still functional,” he said.

“If the Americans decide again to engage in public diplomacy and make thunderous statements…that’s their business and their problem,” he said, adding that Washington could not work “from professional and calm manner”.

Lavrov spoke a day after a Russian court sentenced Griner to nine years in a penal colony, for drug trafficking.

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