WATCH: White House Holds News Briefing After Brittney Griner Released From Russian Detention

WATCH: White House Holds News Briefing After Brittney Griner Released From Russian Detention

White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has kept his promise to bring home WNBA star Brittany Grenier.

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"Today he made a very important promise to bring Brittany Grenier to a family that loves her, a team that misses her and a country that appreciates her strength and courage," Jean-Pierre said.

He went on to say that Britney's safe return "is the culmination of months of hard negotiations, the culmination of an extraordinary effort within the United States government."

Russia freed Grenier on Thursday in a major prisoner swap after the United States freed notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bot but failed to secure the freedom of another American, Paul Whelan, who has been imprisoned for four years.

The release of Bott, a Russian criminal who Biden once called a "dealer of death," underscores the administration's urgency to bring Griner home, especially after his latest case is resolved. Colony.

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Grenier, a professional basketball player in Russia, was arrested at an airport last February after he smuggled less than a gram of cannabis oil into e-cigarette boxes.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the exchange, in a statement issued by Russian news agencies, which announced that the exchange was in Abu Dhabi and returned home.

Biden spoke with Greener at the Abu Dhabi airport after meeting with US officials. Biden said he is expected to return to the United States within 24 hours. U.S. officials said they would receive professional medical care and counseling, but declined to provide details, citing confidentiality.

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Russian and US officials have expressed cautious optimism in recent weeks after months of tension, with Biden saying he hopes Russia will reach an agreement after the midterm elections in November. A senior Russian official said last week that an agreement could be reached before the end of the year.

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