WNBA participant Brittney Griner has just lately been served a 9-year sentence by a Russian court docket over the possession of hashish with prison intent. The event sparked outrage in America and President Joe Biden declared that bringing again the WNBA participant to america is now their prime precedence. In a latest growth, solely a mere day after Griner’s sentence was introduced, Russian authorities have made it clear that they’re open to discussing a prisoner swap with america.
Brittney Griner was touring to Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg workforce in the course of the WNBA low season. It’s a frequent prevalence for WNBA gamers to go abroad to play with a view to make some more money and sometimes instances they find yourself raking in far more than what they’re paid within the WNBA.
On her most up-to-date journey to Russia, Brittney was detained for the possession of Hashish Oils. Brittney pleaded responsible when she appeared in court docket explaining that she did pack the oils however she did it by chance, as they have been prescribed to her for medically recognized continual ache in America, the place using the substance was authorized. She clarified that she had no prison intent. Nonetheless, most consultants agree that the trial was only for present and the court docket had already selected its determination given the rising tensions between the US and Russia in the mean time.
Now, Sergei Lavrov who’s the Russian Overseas Minister has mentioned that Russia is able to focus on a prisoner swap. His precise phrases throughout a press convention in Cambodia are as follows:
“We’re prepared to debate the problem [of a swap].”
Nonetheless, Lavrov mentioned that Russia would favor non-public discussions between the 2 nations as an alternative of America’s normal, “megaphone diplomacy.”
His precise assertion over this was as follows:
“If that is one other case of the People resorting to public diplomacy and loud statements on their pending steps, it is their enterprise or I’d even say their drawback, as a result of the People usually fail to honour the settlement on doing calm, skilled work.”
In the mean time, controversy continues and the destiny of Brittney Griner hangs within the stability.