Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to listen to US offers for the exchange of basketball player Greiner

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about a possible exchange of prisoners between Russia and the United States.

“If we are talking about the exchange of detainees, detainees in the USA and Russia, we have already commented on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that this issue was discussed at the Geneva meeting in June 2021, more than a year ago. There was a meeting between Presidents Putin and Biden, where they agreed to authorize the authorities to deal with these issues. And the State Department is not one of them. But still, let’s listen to what he has to say, ”Lavrov quotes TASS.

Recall that on March 5, Greiner was detained while passing through customs, a service dog reacted to the belongings of the athlete, in which there was hash oil, which is banned in Russia.

In this context, two criminal cases were filed, namely smuggling and possession of drugs. The athlete faces up to ten years in prison.

It has been reported that American citizens Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan are likely to be exchanged for Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who is serving a prison sentence in the United States.

Formerly Viktor Bout’s wife He described media speculation as a possible trade-off between a basketball player Greiner and a businessman..



Source: Gazeta

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