US now Urges Away help while Negotiating for Griner

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Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) and a small team traveled to Moscow this week to meet with Russian officials presumably

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to raise the level of negotiations over WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

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Sources told CNN on Wednesday that Richardson was in Russia to meet with Moscow officials,

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though they would not specifically confirm the purpose of the visit.

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Richardson’s visit comes as the Biden administration is negotiating

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with Russian diplomats on a possible prisoner exchange of Griner and Whalen. 

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The U.S. government has classified Griner as "wrongfully detained."

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A former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,

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Richardson has been involved in bringing home U.S. residents detained in foreign countries. 

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He played a key role in securing the release of former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed after being detained in Russia for more than two years.

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