Russia Thursday affirmed interestingly that talks among Washington and Moscow on a detainee trade were in progress

after the United States proposed an arrangement to deliver WNBA star Whitney Griner and another American detainee Paul Whelan.

The Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed exchanges were in progress by means of a channel set up by President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in Geneva in June last year.

Russian Foreign Ministry representative Ivan Nechayev said Thursday that talks regarding a trade started after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov affirmed a week ago

Directions were given to approved designs to do talks," Nechayev said. "They are being directed by skilled specialists

The Biden organization has been under gigantic strain to get Griner's delivery after her capture at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport in February.

She was conveying two vape cartridges with pot oil, containing under a gram of the substance, restricted in Russia.

Griner's request to the court for mercy failed to receive any notice, and she was condemned to nine years' jail in a Russian court last Thursday. Her lawful group has declared plans to pursue.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reported last month that authorities had made a "significant" offer for an arrangement to get the arrival of Griner and Whelan