US President Joe Biden called “unacceptable” the court decision in the case of American basketball player Brittney Griner, who was sentenced in Russia to nine years in prison for drug smuggling, and called for her immediate release.
“This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so that she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates. My administration will continue to work hard and use every means possible to bring Britney and Paul Whelan home safe and sound as soon as possible,” the President said in a statement published on website White House.
Today, July 4, the Khimki Court of the Moscow Region sentenced Brittney Greiner to 9 years in prison and imposed a fine of 1 million rubles. for illegal transportation of drugs without the purpose of sale and smuggling of narcotic drugs in a significant amount. The athlete was detained on February 17 at Sheremetyevo Airport; electronic cigarettes with hash oil were found in her luggage.
CNN previously reported that the basketball player could be exchanged for Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States on charges of arms trafficking and terrorist financing. According to the publication, this idea was approved by Joe Biden, the Russian authorities denied the existence of any agreements with the American side in this regard.
About the situation around Greiner – in the material “b-FM” “Reason for the American “hawks””.