Russia ‘ready to discuss’ prisoner swap but will resist pressure to free Brittney Griner

After Griner received nine-year prison sentence on drug charges, Sergei Lavrov warns Russia won’t tolerate ‘megaphone diplomacy’

Russia is ready to discuss a prisoner swap for imprisoned Americans, said foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, but added that the Kremlin would resist public pressure to free US basketball star Brittney Griner and others being held in Russian prisons.

Lavrov’s remarks came one day after Griner received a nine-year prison sentence on drug charges that were seen as a gambit to demand an exchange for high-profile Russians in prison in the US, including the arms trafficker Viktor Bout.

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