Last week a Russian judge discovered WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner guilty of drug charges and sentenced her to 9 years in jail.
On Thursday, Russia validated that settlements were underway in between Washington D.C. and Moscow on a possible detainee swap. The United States proposed an offer to exchange Griner and fellow American detainee Paul Whelan for Russian arms dealership Viktor Bout.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia was “ready to discuss” a possible offer recently. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ivan Nechayev stated Thursday that the settlements started after Lavrov’s declaration.
“Instructions were given to authorized structures to carry out negotiations,” Nechayev stated per Axios. “They are being conducted by competent authorities.”