Griner will likely be released in a “two-for-two” prisoner swap, according to a former US ambassador.
American citizens Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, who are detained in Russia, will be released in a “two-for-two” prisoner swap with Moscow, according to a prediction made on Sunday by former U.S. ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson. “I have optimism.
Regarding WNBA standout Griner, Richardson stated, “I believe she will be free.”
“But there will be a prisoner swap, and I believe Paul Whelan will be included in a two-for-two deal.
After pleading guilty to drug possession charges, Griner was sentenced last week to nine years in a prison colony for narcotics possession and smuggling.
He went on to say that his organization, The Richardson Center, was a “catalyst” for an agreement between governments and that it was now in talks with Russia to free three other Americans who were detained there.
Last month, according to reports, the Biden administration considered releasing Griner and Whelan in exchange for Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer.
President Joe Biden is urged by Elon Musk to assist Brittney Griner in returning home.
Elon Musk was concerned about the negative effects of cannabis use.
In a recent interview and appearance on the Full Send podcast, Elon Musk discussed a variety of topics, including the Russian prison sentence for Brittney Griner. He encouraged President Biden and the US government to assist in her release, and he also advocated for changes to drug enforcement.
Biden claims to be diligently working Joe Biden has stated on the record that he and the government are “working hard” and “hopeful” to assist in bringing Brittney Griner home and that they are taking into consideration a prisoner swap for Viktor Grout, better known as the “Merchant of Death.”
Musk stated that he does not ingest cannabis frequently because it does not enhance his productivity.
Bill Richardson on the topic
To free Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner from Russia, the United States may engage in a “2-for-2” prisoner swap. Richardson, a third-party advisor involved in Griner’s case, expresses optimism for her release. Griner was found guilty of narcotics charges in a Moscow court and given a nine-year prison sentence last week. She claims that she brought vape cartridges containing cannabis oil on her trip by accident. Richardson: All of those who have been unjustly detained must return home. And even when prisoner exchanges are unpopular, our goal should be to return American hostages.