U.S. Offers to Swap Russian Arms Dealer for Griner and Whelan

The Biden organization has proposed to free the detained Russian arms seller Viktor Bout to get the arrival of Brittney Griner and Paul N. Whelan

two Americans detained in Russia who the State Department says were unfairly kept, as per an individual acquainted with the exchanges.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said Wednesday that the United States had "put a significant proposition on the table"

also, that he would before long press for the Americans' return in his first

discussion with his Russian partner since Russia attacked Ukraine five months prior.

Mr. Blinken's remarks addressed whenever that the United States first had affirmed that it had made a proper proposition to convince Russia to deliver Ms. Griner

an American b-ball star who has been confined for quite a long time on drug charges

what's more, Mr. Whelan, a previous U.S. Marine who was condemned in Russia in 2020 to 16 years in jail on secret activities charges.

The thought of exchanging Ms. Griner for Mr. Bout surfaced in Russian news media a little while prior.

U.S. authorities wouldn't freely examine the thought at that point and focused on their anxiety about

possibly boosting the detainment of Americans abroad by unfamiliar entertainers hoping to win concessions.