U.S. negotiators made a fresh offer to Russia in recent weeks to secure the release of detained Americans Evan Gershkovich and Paul Whelan, but Moscow rejected the American proposal, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
The offer involved trading prisoners, people familiar with the matter said, but they didn’t offer further details.
“In recent weeks, we made a new and significant proposal to secure Paul and Evan’s release,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters Tuesday. “That proposal was rejected by Russia.”
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