U.S. still talking to Russia about Griner and Whelan release - officials

11/29/2022 5:40:00 AM

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said talks with Russia were ongoing to secure the release of jailed Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, and that the ‘administration is going to stay committed to that task’

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said talks with Russia were ongoing to secure the release of jailed Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, and that the ‘administration is going to stay committed to that task’

The United States is still talking to Russia about a deal to free jailed Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan but Moscow has not provided a 'serious response' to any of its proposals, a senior U.S. diplomat said in comments published on Monday.

Reuters LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The United States is still talking to Russia about a deal to free jailed Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan but Moscow has not provided a "serious response" to any of its proposals, a senior U.Whelan (L) was detained on espionage charges in December 2018, while Griner (R) was found guilty of smuggling and storing narcotics this year.interview with the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti , Elizabeth Rood, chargé d’affaires of the U.Elizabeth Rood, the U.

S.diplomat said in comments published on Monday.The US had submitted a serious proposal for consideration, Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing a top US diplomat.Elizabeth Rood, the U.S.S.The two countries have been discussing a deal that could see Griner and Whelan return to the US in exchange for Russian weapons trafficker , who is serving 25 years in prison in the US on a 2012 conviction.chargée d'affaires in Moscow, told Russia's state-owned RIA news agency that talks were continuing through the "designated channel"." Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan are two of the most well-known wrongfully detained Americans in Russia, and the U.

"The United States, as we have said, has put a significant proposal on the table.READ MORE:.Whelan was arrested in 2018 after being accused of spying and sentenced in 2020 to 16 years.We have followed up on that proposal and we have proposed alternatives," she said."Unfortunately, so far the Russian Federation has not provided a serious response to those proposals." In Washington, the White House said conversations with Russia were ongoing."We want them both home as fast as possible, and this administration is going to stay committed to that task," national security spokesman John Kirby said."We did not see a serious response from the Russian side to our proposal.

Basketball star Griner was taken this month to a penal colony in the Russian region of Mordovia to serve a nine-year drug sentence after being arrested in February with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.She said at her trial she used them to relieve the pain from sports injuries and had not meant to break the law.Whelan, a former U.S.Marine, is serving 16 years in the same region on charges of espionage, which he denies.“We are extremely concerned about the condition of each of them, and we continue to follow their affairs very closely and support them in every possible way.

[1/2] U.S.basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, stands inside a defendants' cage during the reading of the court's verdict in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia August 4, 2022.REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool/File Photo 1 2 His brother, David Whelan, said on Monday he was concerned that the family had not heard from Paul Whelan in days.Paul Whelan told them to contact the U..

S.Embassy in Moscow if he didn't call home for more than three days, his brother said.When they did so, the consular staff said it had not heard from him either."It's incredibly unusual for Paul to miss trying to call home on a holiday like Thanksgiving," David Whelan said in a statement.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Nov.

18 he was hopeful of agreeing a prisoner swap that could see the release of Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian weapons trafficker who is in prison in the United States.In her interview, Rood also held open the possibility of a follow-up to a meeting between CIA Director William Burns and Russian foreign intelligence chief Sergei Naryshkin in Istanbul two weeks ago - the first publicly announced face-to-face meeting between top officials of the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine in February."The United States has channels for managing risk with the Russian Federation, particularly nuclear risks, and that was the purpose of CIA director Burns’ meeting with his Russian counterpart," Rood said."Director Burns did not negotiate anything and he did not discuss a settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.I’m sure if there’s a need for another conversation in that channel, it can happen.

There’s not anything scheduled that I know of." Washington has said Burns used the meeting to warn about the consequences of any Russian use of nuclear weapons.Russia has declined to comment on what was discussed, describing the subject matter as sensitive.Writing by Mark Trevelyan, Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu, Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal in Washington; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Cynthia Osterman Our Standards:.

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Ok, but I am not as optimistic as you are, or as realistic as you think Russia is in there BS. Brittney lol keep her there in jail on her knees where she loves to be.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 I stand for my flag FreeBrittneyGriner WeAreBG FreeBrittneyGriner JoeBiden That means no progress Let’s not forget that Brit illegally carried forbidden drugs into a hostile foreign country. I would never contemplate in doing such a thing. Despite all that, I believe that she has done her time in Russia and should be freed.

US: No serious response from Russia on release of Griner, WhelanRussia is not cooperating as the US continues efforts for the release of basketball star Brittney Griner and ex-marine Paul Whelan from Russian detention, a top US diplomat says

U.S. and Russia Discussing Release of Brittney Griner and Paul WhelanElizabeth Rood, chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, said the U.S. had submitted a serious proposal for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan to be liberated but that the Kremlin has yet to reply with a “serious response.” Can you just shut up until the discussions are over? Let her stay there Would she kneel now for the American anthem in a russin prison?

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