October 18th, Reuters Reports in WASHINGTON A statement from the State Department on Tuesday said that an American consular official spoke with Britney Griner and Paul Whelan, two Americans being held in Russia.
“At the beginning of this summer, a big idea was floating around that would have made it easier to let them go.
Our governments have talked about this plan often and directly, and the Russians should take advantage of this deal “he told a group of reporters during a press conference.
He said, without going into more detail, that a consular officer spoke briefly with both of the prisoners by phone on Tuesday.
Doina Chiacu and Daphne Psaledakis did the reporting, and Chris Reese was in charge of making sure everything was correct.