On Thursday, WNBA star Brittney Griner met with U.S Embassy officials in Russia. It was the first time U.S officials had been able to have direct contact with Griner since early August.
“They saw firsthand her tenacity and perseverance despite her present circumstances. We continue to press for the immediate release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan and fair treatment for every detained American,” Price said in a tweet announcing the visit.
Griner was detained on February 17 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Khimki. For having vape cartridges containing hash oil, which is illegal in Russia. Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison.
According to White House officials getting Griner and Paul Whelan out of jail is the White House’s top priority. “As we have said before, the U.S. government made a significant offer to the Russians to resolve the current unacceptable and wrongful, wrongful detentions of American citizens Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan,” Jean-Pierre said. “I can also tell you that in the subsequent weeks, despite a lack of good faith negotiation by the Russians, the U.S. government has continued to follow up on that offer and propose alternative potential ways forward with Russians through all available channels.”
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