The United States is actively trying to resolve WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday, reiterating Washington’s call for Moscow to release her.
“The United States government is actively engaged in trying to resolve this case and get Brittney home,” Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One, declining to give any details.
Griner has been held since February and faces up to 10 years in prison after Russian officials alleged her luggage contained multiple cannabis oil vape cartridges. A Russian court this week set Griner’s trial for Friday, the Associated Press and the Washington Post have reported.
Sullivan, who is traveling with President Joe Biden to Spain ahead of a NATO meeting, said he and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken have both spoken with Cherelle Griner, the wife of the two-time Olympic champion, in recent days.
“The Russian government should release her and allow her to be returned and reunited with her family and come home safe and sound,” he said, reiterating that the U.S. government has made it clear that “Griner is wrongfully detained, unjustly detained.”