Britney Griner Britney Griner trial set for Friday
The US is seeking to secure the release of the American basketball player held by Russian authorities
The US is actively working to resolve the detention of WNBA star Britney Griner in Russia, told reporters on Tuesday National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, echoing Washington's call for Moscow to release the athlete.
“The US government is actively involved in trying to resolve this issue and bring Britney home,” Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One. , declining to provide any details.
The basketball player was arrested at a Moscow airport in February when several e-cigarette cartridges containing hash oil were found during a search of her luggage. During the off-season, she plays for the UMMC basketball club in Yekaterinburg.
In Russia, she faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
This week, a Russian court scheduled Greiner's trial for Friday, it was reported. The Associated Press and the Washington Post.
Sullivan, who traveled to Spain for a NATO summit with President Joe Biden, said he and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had been talking to the wife of two-time Olympian Cheryl Griner in recent days. .
“The Russian government should release her and allow her to return, be reunited with her family, and return home safe and sound,” the national security adviser said, confirming that the US government had made it clear that Greiner wrongfully detained.