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US, Russia Say They're Willing to Discuss Prisoner Swap After Griner Conviction

  • Blinken, Lavrov didn’t meet at ASEAN summit in Cambodia
  • Russia hasn’t accepted US offer for two-for-two exchange
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WNBA's Griner Gets 9-Year Russian Jail Sentence

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday they’re willing to pursue talks on a prisoner exchange involving WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American.

The two top diplomats spoke separately on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a day after a Moscow court sentenced Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges. They didn’t meet or speak in person during the conference. President Joe Biden called Griner’s punishment “unacceptable” and said the White House would work tirelessly in pursuit of her release.