Secretary of State Says US Stands Ready to Support WNBA Star Brittney Griner

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — In an update on Russia’s detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States stands ready to help.

At a press conference with Moldovan President Maia Sandu, Blinken said, “Whenever an American is arrested anywhere in the world, we are of course ready to provide any assistance we can, and that includes Russia.” Blinken noted that he was asked for privacy reasons could only speak to a limited extent on the matter.

While seeking support for Griner, he also seeks the release of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed.

Reed, also from Texas, was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison in 2019. He was charged with public intoxication, but his charges were increased when Russia’s Federal Security Service found out he was a US Marine. Whelan was arrested in Russia in 2018 and sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020 for espionage.

The US State Department said Sunday Blinken will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday night to discuss Ukraine. This visit stop comes after Blinken’s visits to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

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