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8/18, 3:22 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US, Russia in prisoner swap negotiations

Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that the country is negotiating a prisoner swap with the United States, through the means of "quiet diplomacy." Russia has previously warned the US against trying to negotiate the exchange publically, by putting pressure on Russia to agree to the deal.

The prisoner exchange would include Russia extraditing basketball star Brittney Griner and former marine Paul Whelan back to the States and bringing Viktor Bout, a convicted arms dealer back to Russia. Griner was recently sentenced to nine years in prison on drug charges, a decision US Secretary of State Antony Blinken slammed as "wrongful detention."

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