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Kremlin says Brittney Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

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MOSCOW - The Kremlin said Friday that it’s open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.Griner, a two-time U.S.

Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 after police at a Moscow airport said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage.A judge convicted the 31-year-old athlete Thursday of drug possession and smuggling, and sentenced her to nine years in prison.

The politically charged case comes amid high tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s military action in Ukraine.Asked at the White House Friday about the prospects of securing Griner’s release, President Joe Biden said: "I’m hopeful ...

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