After a prisoner swap with Russia, basketball star Brittney Griner returns to the United States.

Brittney Griner was released from a Russian jail in exchange for an arms dealer . She was arrested at a Moscow airport nine months earlier .

Washington, December 10: After being released from a Rus>ussian jail in exchange for an arms dealer, US basketball player Brittney Griner returned to her home country on Friday.Special Envoy Carstens tweeted about this late last night, but Vedant Patel said in a press release that Brittney Griner arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Hous>uston, Texas earlier today and was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center for routine evaluation.Griner was released after a prisoner exchange with Rus>ussian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was serving a 25-year term in a US jail.The exchange took place at an Abu Dhabi airport.In an address to the nation at the White House, US President Joe Biden announced the release of the basketball star.

She was charged with possession of vape cartridges with a small amount of cannabis oil and sentenced to nine years in jail in Augus>.Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer known as the Merchant of Death, was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and executed in 2012 to 25 years in jail, according to Vedant Patel, who said that the US administration is concentrating on ensuring that Brittney Griner's safety.He stated that all assistance would be offered in a timely manner.Patel said in the press conference that he would not disclose any additional information due to safety concerns or out of respect for Brittney Griner and her husband Cherelle.

Paul Whelan's release was unaffected by Rus>ussias' categorization of his case, he said.He said that the United States made a difficult decision because it was clear that Brittney Griner could be released or there was no American citizen.He said that the US will continue to work hard to ensure that Paul Whelan is released.We have been very specific, and Secretary Blinken was very specific, even when he came down to this room to address the important request made to the Russian Federation for the release of both Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner are both due to board a flight back home, according to Vedant Patel.However, Patel said that the US will continue to prioritize the release of Whelan.Patel replied to a query regarding the Biden administration's refusal to trade weapons dealer for an American citizen, saying that the Biden administration has no higher priority than the protection and security of American citizens who are wrongfully arrested or held hostage overseas.President Joe Biden's decision was considered a difficult one, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who praised the release of American basketball player Brittney Griner from Russian detention earlier today.

During a joint press conference with Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Blinken made the remarks.Rusty Griners' transfer is being praised by Blinken, who acknowledged his work in Egypt.He thanked the US State Department's staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts to ensure Brittney Griner's release.He continued to give priority to ensuring the freeing of Americans who have been wrongfully detained.

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