State Dept. on Griner: Russia Won’t ‘Seriously Negotiate’

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By Mike McDaniel The U.S. sent a strong message to Russia after the WNBA star was transferred to a penal colony earlier this week. After WNBA star Brittney Griner was transferred to a Russian penal colony in the country’s Mordovia region earlier this week, the U.S. Department of State released a statement criticizing Russia’s unwillingness to “seriously negotiate” a prisoner swap for Griner and fellow American Paul Whelan. “We are not going to comment on the specifics of any proposals other than to say that we have made a substantial offer that the Russian Federation has consistently failed to…

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