The statement marked the first time theU.S. government has intimately revealed any concrete action it has taken to secure the release of Griner

The Biden administration has offered a deal to Russia to bring home Brittney Griner, a WNBA basketball player from Houston facing a trial on medicine charges

As part of the deal, Russia would release Griner and Whelan in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer locked in theU.S., CNN reported

A elderly administration functionary told the news outlet that the deal has the backing of President Joe Biden and is anticipated to be “ successful grounded on a history of exchanges with the Russians

Griner has been held in detention for medicine possession since February.

Her family has constantly called on the White House to secure her release, indeed if that includes a internee exchange

Whelan has been held in Russia for    spying since           2018

numerous loved bones and sympathizers ofU.S. basketball star Brittney Griner have spoken up about her situation and called

As her trial has unfolded over the once month,U.S.- grounded lawyers have ramped up public pressure on the Biden administration to bring her home

while members of the Russian platoon she plays for in the off- season have witnessed in defense of her character both on and off the court