Brittney Griner arrives in U.S. following her release by Russia in prisoner swap

Russia in prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Brittney Griner arrived in the U.S. early Friday, landing at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas.

The WNBA star, who was held for months in Russian prisons on drug charges, was released Thursday

In a one-for-one prisoner swap for notorious international arms dealer Viktor Bout

Bringing an end to an ordeal that sparked intense high-level negotiations between the Washington and the Moscow to secure her freedom.

Roger Carstens, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, tweeted, "So happy to have Brittney back on U.S. soil. Welcome home BG!"

Per standard procedure for freed U.S. prisoners, Griner was expected to quickly undergo a medical evaluation.

President Biden announced Griner's impending returnThursday morning at the White House, saying, "She's safe.

She's on a plane. She's on her way home."

"After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones and she should have been there all along," Mr. Biden said.

"This is a day we've worked toward for a long time. We never stopped pushing for her release."