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The Us Urges Russia To Swap Captive Brittney Griner For Arms Dealer

Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia because drug possesion

The case came days before Moscow began its military intervention in Ukraine. Prosecutors had previously requested nine years and six months in prison for drug smuggling for the two-time basketball gold medalist and NBA champion.

US President Joe Biden has said he cannot accept the Russian court’s ruling against US basketball star Britney Grenier. Greener, who was convicted on drug charges, should be released immediately.

He said he would “work tirelessly and find every possible way” to bring Greiner and another American detained in Russia, Paul Whelan, home. Negotiations are ongoing to swap the two for Russians imprisoned in the United States, including notorious arms smuggler Victor Butt.

The United States urges Russia to immediately agree to a deal to release American basketball player Brittney Griner, 31, from Russian prison.

The Grenier trial comes as tensions rise between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine that has resulted in international condemnation and a series of Western sanctions.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling.

US Department of National Security spokesman John Kirby said the US proposal to Russia regarding Greener’s fate was serious.

Washington was previously reported to have offered to trade American prisoners of war for Russian arms dealers.

Victor Bout, nicknamed the ‘Death Merchant’, is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States.

He could move to Russia as opposed to basketball players Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, who are former US Marines currently being held in Russia.

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In 2020, Whelan was sentenced to 16 years in Russia for espionage.

Kirby said the two were being held unfairly and should be released.

“We urge them to take it. They should have had it a few weeks ago when we first hit it,” Kirby said.

However, there appear to be Russian demands that the United States cannot agree to.

According to Reuters, Moscow wants to add imprisoned German killer Vadim Krashkov to the proposed swap.

In response, Kirby argued, “I don’t think we’re going to call it a countershow anymore.”

Brittney Griner pleaded guilty in court, but said he had no intention of breaking the law.

An American basketball player was arrested in February when a case of an e-cigarette containing marijuana oil was found in a bag at an airport near Moscow.

At that time, he moved to Russia to play in the Russian Premier League during the WNBA offseason.

On August 4 he was sentenced to 9.5 years in prison.

Judge Anna Sotnikova of the Khimki City Court fined Griner 1 million rubles, or about $16,400.

He said the court found Grenier partially guilty and was considering reflection on his actions, health and philanthropy.

However, Brittney Griner’s legal team plans to appeal the decision.

Griner’s lawyers said they would appeal the highly unreasonable ruling. The team of lawyers said that the court ignored all available evidence as well as Griner’s guilty plea.

The harsh punishment of the WNBA star came during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Moscow’s confrontation between the US and Europe.

There are fears that Russia could be used as a political hostage in the war against Ukraine.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said: “I urge Russia to release him immediately so he can be with his partners, loved ones, friends and colleagues.”

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was also criticized.

He briefly addressed the issue in a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week.

The two are currently visiting Cambodia for the ASEAN meeting.

US says Blinken will try to talk again while Lavrov is there.

hopefully that both side will take best action for peace and humanity.

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