Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Said The U.S. Offered Russia A Deal To Free Brittney Griner And Paul Whelan.
Blinken Said He Expected To Speak With His Kremlin Colleague For The First Time Since Before The Ukraine Invasion.
Griner Was Detained On Drug-Related Charges At A Moscow Airport In February And Testified At Her Trial Wednesday.
Blinken Didn't Disclose Details On The Planned Arrangement, Which Was Suggested Weeks Ago, So It's Unknown If Russia Will Release The Americans.
The Public Acceptance Of The Offer, When The U.S. Has Traditionally Snubbed Russia, Underscores The Administration's Rising Pressure Over Griner And Whelan And Its Eagerness To Send Them Home.
Blinken Asked Moscow For An Answer. Viktor Bout, A Russian Arms Dealer Dubbed The "Merchant Of Death," Was Sentenced To 25 Years In Jail In 2012 For Unlawfully Selling Millions Of Dollars In Weapons.
Blinken requested a call with Lavrov. The U.S. wanted an answer on the prisoner offer, but not only that, officials said.