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Blinken says he will press Lavrov on U.S. proposal to bring home Griner, Whelan

Blinken says he will press Lavrov on U.S. proposal to bring home Griner, Whelan

Reuters · 07/27/2022 14:41
Blinken says he will press Lavrov on U.S. proposal to bring home Griner, Whelan

- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday he will speak with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a phone call in the coming days and press him to respond to an offer Washington has made to secure the release of American citizens detained by Moscow.

Speaking at a conference at the State Department, Blinken said the United States had communicated a "substantial offer" to Moscow in order to bring home basketball star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, although he declined to disclose what the deal would entail.


(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Humeyra Pamuk
Editing by Chris Reese)

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