But Russia strongly warned Washington against publicizing the issue.
“Just know this is a matter of intense focus for us," the U.S. secretary of state told reporters of the WNBA star wrongfully detained in Russia.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is accusing Russia of holding grain for millions of people around the world hostage.
The sit-down with Stephen Colbert took a musical turn.
Renowned Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead last week while covering an Israeli military raid on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Blinken was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner over the weekend, which had more than 2,500 attendees.
American diplomats who left Ukraine before the war will start returning to the country, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Sunday.
Ukraine’s president says he will meet Sunday in Kyiv with the U.S. secretary of state and secretary of defense.
The secretary of state made the announcement on Wednesday as Russian forces continued to encircle and bombard Ukrainian cities filled with civilians, including Kyiv and Mariupol.