Biden offers convicted Russian arms dealer in exchange for Brittney Griner

President Joe Biden has offered to release a convicted Russian arms dealer in exchange for the return of Americasn Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

More than five months after the 31-year-old star was seized at a Moscow airport and held on charges on possessing cannabis, the Biden administration has offered to return to Russia Victor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence.

In what would represent a sharp reversal of previous policy, Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said he expected to speak with his Kremlin counterpart for the first time since before Russia invaded Ukraine.

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