Kremlin says Griner prisoner swap must be negotiated behind closed doors

The Kremlin on Wednesday said that a potential prisoner exchange with the United States to free US WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence in Russia on drug smuggling charges, can only be negotiated quietly.

In a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the rejection of Griner's appeal by a Moscow court on Tuesday.

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