American basketball star Brittney Griner, whose detention has raised fears she is getting used as a political pawn throughout Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, received one other go to from a US embassy official this week.
“We’re advised she’s doing in addition to might be anticipated beneath the circumstances,” White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre advised reporters Thursday.
Griner was detained in February and sentenced to 9 years in jail on drug smuggling expenses in August. A Moscow courtroom rejected her attraction in a listening to on Oct. 25.
This is what we all know concerning the effort to get Griner out of detention:
The US has provided a prisoner swap: Jean-Pierre reiterated Thursday that “the US authorities made a major supply to the Russians to resolve the present unacceptable and wrongful, wrongful detentions” of Griner and Paul Whelan, one other American detained by Russia.
US officers have proposed a prisoner swap with Moscow, and people efforts have continued in current weeks regardless of the shortage of obvious progress, nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan stated in an announcement final month.
“We’ve not been assembly with a lot constructive response however we’re not stopping,” US President Joe Biden advised reporters in October.
A senior Biden administration official who spoke to CNN that month stated Russia has but to current a critical counteroffer, however “they don’t seem to be nonresponsive.”
“They proceed to reply with one thing that they know to not be possible or out there,” the official stated.
An unofficial line of communication: Former Gov. Invoice Richardson of New Mexico – whose namesake heart works on behalf of households of hostages and detainees – lately traveled to Russia to debate the doable launch of Griner and Whelan.
In early October, he advised CNN he was “cautiously optimistic” the 2 People might be launched by the tip of the yr.
Richardson, who additionally served as US ambassador to the United Nations beneath former President Invoice Clinton, stated he’s working with each their households and coordinating with the White Home to work towards their releases. The previous governor performed a job within the launch of Trevor Reed, an American veteran detained in Russia for 3 years earlier than his launch in April.
The White Home has beforehand distanced itself from Richardson’s efforts.