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U.S. State Department Fires Back At Brittney Griner Report

Brittney Griner walks into court out of prison in Russia.

US Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, leaves the courtroom after the court's verdict in Khimki outside Moscow, on August 4, 2022. - A Russian court found Griner guilty of smuggling and storing narcotics after prosecutors requested a sentence of nine and a half years in jail for the athlete. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier Friday, the Russian media suggested a prisoner swap for WNBA star Brittney Griner was gaining traction.

Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian deputy minister for foreign affairs, issued a statement saying Russia and the U.S. were "working professionally" on a potential exchange.

“The Americans are showing some external activity, we are working professionally through a special channel designed for this,” Ryabkov said. “Viktor Bout is among those who are being discussed, and we certainly count on a positive result.“

However, the United States has a different take. In a statement released today, the United States made it clear Russia hasn't been negotiating in good faith.

"We are not going to comment on the specifics of any proposals other than to say that we have made a substantial offer that the Russian Federation has consistently failed to negotiate in good faith," the statement reads.

"The Russian government's failure to seriously negotiate on these issues in the established channel, or any other channel for that matter, runs counter to its public statements," the statement continued.

Griner has reportedly been transferred to Female Penal Colony IK-2 in Yavas. This Russian penal colony has a bad reputation

Will the two sides agree to a prisoner swap?