US request contact with Moscow detained basketball
The Foreign Ministry of the United States urges a consular care of the two-time basketball Olympic champion Brittney Griner detained in Moscow.
"We are closely involved in this case and are in constant contact with Brittney Griner's lawyer team. We insist that the Russian government grants consular access to all US citizens imprisoned in Russia, including those who are in favor of Brittney Griner", It was said according to "ESPN" in a message.
Accordingly, they have repeatedly asked for consular access to Griner, "who has always refused to us," it said.
Griner sits after their arrest because of alleged drug oil at the Moscow airport in custody. A court in the Moscow area in the city of Chimki had extended the arrest until 19 May.
As the news agency Interfax reported at the beginning of March, citing Russian customs, so-called Vape cartridges and Hashish oil have been discovered in a control in the luggage of the American in February. It threatens the information five to ten years imprisonment.
The 31-year-old US national player since 2015 also played in the Ummc Jekaterinburg team in the Urals. With the Russian top club, Griner won the Euroleague four times.