WNBA star Brittney Griner, according to President Biden, has been released from a Russian prison.

Brittney Griner Released Update

At the White House, while standing next to Griner's wife Cherelle Griner, Biden noted that this was a day that "we worked toward for a long time."

"She is secure. She is flying. After being unlawfully detained and held in appalling conditions for months in Russia, she is now returning home "From the Roosevelt Room, Biden stated.

Just before making the announcement, Biden called with Griner from the White House. 

He claimed she was in excellent spirits but needed time to heal because she was going through "trauma."

Britney should have been there the whole time, and she will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, according to Biden.

The foreign ministry of Russia confirmed on Thursday

Since it could encourage more Americans to be imprisoned abroad, the U.S. government has traditionally fought prisoner swaps.

According to a Biden representative, the Bout trade shouldn't be seen as a departure from past custom but rather as evidence that sometimes there are no other options.

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