Arms trafficker Viktor Bout reportedly in line for exchange with the WNBA star facing drug charges

Brittney Griner’s defence team - talks between Moscow and Washington on exchanging prisoners were “ongoing”.

“The defence team is not participating in the swap discussions,” the lawyers added.

Antony Blinken, told reporters that the US offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing back Griner

and another jailed American, ex-US marine Paul Whelan.

CNN and the New York Times have reported that Washington was willing to exchange Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout

Maria Zakharova told journalists on Thursday that negotiations between Moscow and Washington on exchanging prisoners are ongoing

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “so far there are no agreements in this area”.

“From a legal point of view, an exchange is only possible after a court verdict,” Griner’s lawyers said.