Talks have been held between the US and Russia on a possible deal to free basketball star Brittney Griner, who is detained by Moscow, but the Kremlin has indicated negotiations must be discreet.
Russia wants US discretion in negotiations to free WNBA star Griner
The Kremlin has warned a possible prisoner swap with the United States involving American basketball star Brittney Griner needs to be negotiated quietly without fanfare.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington has offered Russia a deal that would bring home Griner and fellow American Paul Whelan.
A person familiar with the matter said the US government proposed trading convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Whelan and Griner.
Asked about the US offer, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied that prisoner swaps were typically negotiated discreetly behind the scenes.