U.S. officers met with Brittney Griner in Russia, State Dept. says

WASHINGTON — U.S. embassy officers met with detained basketball star Brittney Griner on Thursday, the White Home and State Division stated.

State Division spokesman Ned Worth stated in a tweet that U.S. Embassy officers in Moscow who visited Griner “noticed firsthand her tenacity and perseverance regardless of her current circumstances.”

Chatting with reporters touring on Air Pressure One, White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that Griner “is doing in addition to could be anticipated below the circumstances.” Jean-Pierre stated it stays a “high precedence” for the Biden administration to safe Griner’s launch.

Griner, the Phoenix Mercury middle and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was arrested in February at a Moscow airport. Russian authorities stated she arrived within the nation with vape canisters containing hashish oil in her baggage. 

She was discovered responsible in August of attempting to smuggle unlawful narcotics into the nation and sentenced to 9 years in jail. A Russian courtroom denied her enchantment in October, upholding the jail time period.

“We proceed to press for the speedy launch of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan and honest remedy for each detained American,” Worth stated in his tweet.

Whelan, a U.S. citizen and former Marine, was detained in a Moscow resort in 2018 and was accused of spying. He’s presently serving a 16-year jail sentence.

Relations of each Griner and Whelan have pressured the Biden administration to do extra to convey them again residence.

“The U.S. authorities made a major provide to the Russians to resolve the present unacceptable and wrongful detentions of Americans,” Jean-Pierre stated.

“Regardless of a scarcity of excellent religion negotiation by the Russians, the U.S. authorities has continued to comply with up on that provide and suggest different potential methods ahead with Russians by means of all accessible channels. This continues to be a high precedence,” she added.

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