Paul Whelan Brittney Griner Russia Deal
In order to free WNBA star Brittney Griner and another imprisoned
American, Paul Whelan, the United States has offered a deal to Russia.
Whelan, a corporate security executive from Michigan, was found
guilty of espionage in 2020 and given a 16-year jail term. Blinken also stated
that he anticipates speaking with his Kremlin counterpart for the first
time since before Russia invaded Ukraine. Blinken provided no specifics
about the planned deal. Viktor Bout, a Russian arms trader, has long been
a target of Russian interests. Blinken stated that Washington
would welcome a reaction from Moscow.