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Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan amid U.S.-Russia talks
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Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan amid U.S.-Russia talks

Washington — President Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with family members of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, both of whom remain jailed in Russia, senior administration officials told The Associated Press.The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between Mr. Biden and the families and are taking place amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the Americans' release. The administration said in July that it had made a "substantial proposal" to get them home, but despite plans for the White House meetings, there is no sign that a breakthrough is imminent.Griner has been held in Russia since February on drug-related charges. She was sentenced last month to nine...
Russia pulls back troops in Kharkiv after Ukraine counteroffensive
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Russia pulls back troops in Kharkiv after Ukraine counteroffensive

Russia's Defense Ministry announced Saturday that it's pulling back troops from two areas in Ukraine's eastern Kharkiv region where a Ukrainian counteroffensive has made significant advances in the past week. The news came after days of apparent advances by Ukraine south of Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, in what could become the biggest battlefield success for Ukrainian forces since they thwarted a Russian attempt to seize the capital of Kyiv at the start of the nearly seven-month war.Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Saturday that troops would be regrouped from the Balakliya and Izyum areas to Ukraine's tern Donetsk region. Izyum was a major base for Russian forces in the Kharkiv region and earlier this week social media videos showed residen...
Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer, at center of possible prisoner swap
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Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer, at center of possible prisoner swap

Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer, at center of possible prisoner swap - CBS News Watch CBS News Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he urged Russia's foreign minister to accept a "substantial proposal" for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan. Blinken has not confirmed U.S. media reports that the offer on the table includes convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Catherine Herridge reports. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On ...
U.S. offers Russia deal for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan
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U.S. offers Russia deal for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan

U.S. offers Russia deal for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan - CBS News Watch CBS News The U.S. has made a "substantial proposal" to Russia aimed at securing the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. The U.S. has not said who it was willing to trade, but Russia has long sought the release of Viktor Bout. Caitlin Huey-Burns has more details. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On ...