“The question about people convicted in Russia and the United States… [Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden]and no matter what anyone says publicly, this channel will continue to work,” Lavrov reportedly told a news conference in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Friday.
“We are ready to discuss this topic, but within the framework of the channels agreed to by the president,” Lavrov added.
During the trial, Griner pleaded guilty on February 17 to carrying less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in his luggage while traveling at Moscow airport. She testified in court that she was aware of Russia’s strict drug laws and had no intention of carrying marijuana. Entering the country, said she was in a hurry and “stress packed”.
Before the sentencing, Griner apologized to the court and asked for clemency in an emotional speech.
“I never intended to hurt anyone, I never intended to put the Russian people at risk, I never intended to break any laws here,” Greener said.
“I made an honest mistake, and I hope your ruling doesn’t end my life here. I know everyone is talking about political pawns and politics, but I hope that stays out of this courtroom.”