Mar 23, 2022
The U.S. Embassy in Russia was finally granted consular access to detained WNBA star Brittney Griner on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday during an appearance on CNN. Price said U.S. ambassador John Sullivan was summoned to Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday, when he delivered a "candid message" that the U.S. expects to have consular access to citizens in pre-trial detention. Griner is awaiting trial after Russian officials accused her of allegedly trying to enter the country with vape cartridges containing hashish oil. She has been in custody since sometime in February and the charges could keep her in a Russian prison for 10 years.
Source: USA Today
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