Brittney Griner's Return From Russia Remains 'Top Priority' After Prisoner Swap

Brittney Griner’s Return From Russia Remains ‘Top Priority’ After Prisoner Swap

Following the release of Trevor Reed in a prisoner swap with Russia, a US State Department spokesman said Wednesday that Brittney Griner’s return to the United States remains a “top priority.”

Griner, a seven-time All-Star with the Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA, was arrested in February at Sheremetyevo International Airport, where Russian officials said they discovered vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. According to ESPN, the offense could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

In March, Russian state media reported that Griner’s detention had been extended to May 19.

“We are working very closely with her team. Her case is a top priority for us,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told CNN on Wednesday morning. “I can tell you that with the utmost certainty. We’re in regular contact with her team, we regularly are engaging through our embassy in Moscow with their counterparts in order to see to it that she’s treated fairly, to see to it that we have the consistent access to her that the Russians are required under the Vienna convention to provide.

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