Sport: Joe Biden "explores all the ways" to repatriate two Americans detained in Russia, including the basketball star Brittney Griner

Moscow is not on offer for the release of Griner An

 Moscow is not on offer for the release of Griner An in the negotiations for the release of the Americans Brittney Griner in Russia and, according to the White House, Paul Whelan has not yet been in sight. "You have not responded to our offer," said the communication director of the National Security Council, John Kirby, about the Russian side. "But that doesn't mean that we don't negotiate and don't try it." The broadcaster CNN, citing a high -ranking government employee, reported that there was “movement, but no breakthrough” in the efforts to

The President of the United States announced to work on the repatriations of former soldier Paul Whelan and the star of the star Basketball Brittney Griner, whose case has taken on a geopolitical dimension in the context of the crisis between Moscow and Washington linked to the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

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The American president assured, Friday, September 16, to the families of two Americans detained in Russia, the Brittney British Star Brittney Griner and the former soldier Paul Whelan, whom he "continued to explore all Possible ways "to repatriate them, said the White House in a press release. The basketball player was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment by a Russian court for cannabis trafficking, while Paul Whelan is serving a 16 -year prison sentence for "espionage".

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Joe Biden met Elizabeth Whelan separately, Paul Whelan's sister, and Cherrelle Griner, the wife of Brittney Griner. "The president is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about Brittney and Paul," said his spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre in this press release, who gives no indication of the negotiations in progress with Russia .

Discussions underway

earlier during the day, John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council attached to the White House, had assured that "the discussions continued". "The president is not going to let go. He is convinced that this question will remain in the foreground of his mind and that of his team," added Mr. Kirby.

Russia had said it recently ready to discuss a prisoner exchange for the sportswoman. John Kirby assured that Washington had made a "serious" offer in Moscow, but that the Russians "did not answer". "These two people should already be at home. Updstructure," he added.

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