Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the WNBA held in Russia has offered a deal to bring home basketball player Brittany Griner and another American Paul Whelan.
About 5 months ago in February, WNBA star Brittany Griner was arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for carrying cartridges of cannabis oil in her luggage
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he would discuss the release of WNBA basketball players Brittany Griner and Paul Whelan with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the coming days.
US President Joe Biden authorized the prisoner swap by signing an agreement proposed by the US in this matter.
This will be the first meeting between the US and Russia since the Russia-Ukraine war.
Paul Whelan has been in prison in Russia since December 28, 2018 on charges of espionage.
On June 15, 2020, Paul Whelan was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The family of WNBA star Brittany Griner has repeatedly pleaded for her release from the White House.
"Joe Biden and his group are ready to find extraordinary ways to bring him home," White House Public Safety Representative John Kirby told reporters.