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WNBA star Brittney Griner is dating with US embassy staff in Russia


US embassy staff in Russia is met with WNBA prisoner star Britney Griner, the White House said Thursday.

“We were told that she was doing well, as might be expected under the circumstances,” the White House press office said. secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the announcement to reporters aboard Air Force One after the State Department confirmed the meeting.

Griner sentenced to 9.5 years in prison for brought less than a gram of cannabis oil, which is illegal in Russia, to the country. She has been in custody since February 17. arrest.

Last week, a Russian court dismissed Griner’s appeal. of her prison sentence.

Jean-Pierre said on Thursday that Russia continues to refuse a “significant offer” from the United States “resolve in current unacceptable and illegal detention” of Griner and Paul Whelan, former US Marine also imprisoned in Russia. Just last Jean-Pierre told reporters last month that Russia had not yet responded to the Biden administration’s “serious” proposal. made in July to free Griner.

“Despite the disadvantage of good-negotiations about faith between Russians, USA government continues follow up on that suggest and suggest alternative potential paths forward with Russians through everything available channels,” said Jean-Pierre. on Thursday. “It continues to be a top priority.”

However, Jean-Pierre did not provide details. on any alternative proposal proposed by Russia.

In a tweet Thursday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said US Embassy officials who met with Griner “saw firsthand her tenacity and perseverance, despite the current circumstances.”

“We keep pushing for immediate release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan and fair treatment for every American detained,” Price said.

representatives for Griner family did not respond immediately for comment on visit of the embassy staff.

United States government has long characterized Griner arrest as “wrongful detention”.

Last week after the dismissal of the Russian court of her appeal, Griner’s lawyers they said they would consult with your client about the possibility of further appeals, and what they intended to do use of “all available law tools”. Once the appeal process is over set for transfer to a strict regime colony.

Griner, center 6’9″ with Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, two-time Olympic champion, was detained in February while trying to get into Russia at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow, where she plays during the WNBA off-season. She turned 32 last a month so far in prisonreason family and friends are accustomed call for her release and safe return to the United States.

In August, Russia recognized for in first the time when negotiations were underway for the release of Griner and Whelan, but this is not confirm media messages indicating a potential exchange for Victor Bout, Russian gunsmith dealer serves 25-year sentence in United States.

The Griner and Whelan families met with President Biden at the White House in September to discuss the imprisonment of their relatives. At the time, White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Biden “is not going to allow up” in his attempts to get Russia to release Griner and Whelan.

“We want these two people home back where they belong with their families,” Kirby said.

Maite Fernandez Simon and Mary Ilyushina contributed to this report.

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