WASHINGTON (AP) — Invoice Richardson, the previous U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a frequent emissary in hostage negotiations who has labored to safe the releases of WNBA star Brittney Griner and one other jailed American, Paul Whelan, visited Moscow this week and held conferences with Russian leaders, an individual aware of the matter stated Tuesday night time.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced in July that the U.S. had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to facilitate a swap. Although he didn’t element the phrases, an individual acquainted the matter stated the U.S. had provided to launch convicted Russian arms supplier Viktor Bout.

The one who confirmed Richardson’s go to insisted on anonymity to debate personal negotiations. The Richardson Middle for World Engagement, which Richardson based, issued a press release declining to touch upon his go to. The character of the dialogue and any consequence weren’t instantly clear.

CNN was first to report Richardson’s go to.

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