Biden to meet Griner and Whelan families at White House as part of US-Russian talks

WASHINGTON– The White House says President Joe Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with the families of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security official Paul Whelan, who are both still imprisoned in Russia. .

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The meetings are set to be the first face-to-face meeting between Biden and the families and come amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the release of the two Americans.

The administration said in July it had made a “substantial offer” to bring them home, but Russia has yet to reach an agreement with the United States.

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