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Biden to meet the Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan families imprisoned in Russia

Joe Biden plans to meet the families of two Americans trapped in Russia – WNBA star Brittney Griner and security chief Paul Whelan.

Meetings are scheduled to take place at the White House on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Mr. Whelan has been in prison in Russia since the end of December 2018, and Ms. Griner was detained in February of that year.

The meetings, which will be held separately, are President Biden’s first personal meetings with families.

While attempts are underway to get Americans out of Russia, efforts so far have failed.

In July, the administration announced that it had made a “substantial proposal” to bring Mr. Whelan and Mrs. Griner back to the US, but there are currently no indications that the negotiations will progress in the near future.

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