U.S. and Russia focus on launch of Griner and Whelan

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. basketball participant Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with unlawful possession of hashish, stands inside a defendants’ cage through the studying of the courtroom’s verdict in Khimki exterior Mosco

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MOSCOW (Reuters) -America and Russia are discussing the discharge of basketball star Brittney Griner and ex-marine Paul Whelan by particular channels, the RIA Novosti information company reported on Monday, citing a high U.S. diplomat.

Elizabeth Rood, cost d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in Russia, was quoted as saying that the USA had submitted a severe proposal for consideration however it had not acquired a “severe response” again from Russia.

Russia and the USA have been discussing a deal that might see Griner, who’s dealing with 9 years in jail in Russia on drug prices, return to the USA in trade for convicted Russian weapons trafficker Viktor Bout.

No deal has materialised amid heightened tensions between the 2 nations.

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