Brittney Griner and another detained American may be headed home after the Biden administration offered Russia a deal weeks ago.The U.S.
government has offered a “substantial” deal to get Griner and Paul Whelan freed from Russian detention, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
He noted the deal was offered weeks ago.“Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner have been wrongly detained, and must be allowed to come home,” Blinken said. “We put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago to facilitate their release.
Our governments have communicated repeatedly and directly on that proposal.”Blinken did not offer specifics about the deal, saying, “I can’t and won’t get into any of the details of what we proposed to the Russians.” The comments, however, were the first from the administration about particular steps taken to have Griner released.“The public acknowledgment of the offer at a time when the U.S.