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The Kremlin said Thursday, Aug. 4 that it is open to holding talks with the U.S. over a prisoner swap which would free WNBA star Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury from a nine-year sentence in a Russian penal colony for cannabis oil possession. (Photo by yFMK, cc-by-sa-4.0,

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The Kremlin said Friday that it's open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press August 5, 2022

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