US announces ‘substantial offer’ on table for Russia to release Brittney Griner

The United States has made “a substantial offer” to Russia to release American citizens detained there, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, adding that he would urge his Russian counterpart to respond in a conversation. scheduled for the next few days.

Washington offered Moscow a deal to bring home WNBA star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan a few weeks ago, Blinken told reporters, and hoped to move the process forward when he would meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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