President Joe Biden will meet relatives of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan on the White House on Friday as work continues to launch Americans held in Russia
- The White House introduced Thursday that Biden will meet the households of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan on Friday
- ‘He wished to allow them to know they continue to be entrance of thoughts, stated Karine Jean-Pierre
President Joe Biden will meet with relations of two Americans jailed in Russia – basketball star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan – on the White House on Friday.
‘One of the issues that the president wished to clarify is … that he wished to allow them to know that they continue to be entrance of thoughts and that his group is working on this every single day, on ensuring that Brittany and Paul return house safely,’ stated White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday.
Griner, who performs for a Russian membership, has been detained since being stopped at a Moscow airport on February 17 when cannabis-infused vape cartridges have been present in her baggage.
She has been sentenced to 9 years in jail.
Whelan, a former Marine, is serving a 16-year sentence on spying costs that he and his household say are false.
‘While I’d like to say that the aim of this meeting is to tell the households that the Russians have accepted our provide and we’re bringing their family members house, that’s not what we’re we’re seeing in these negotiations at the moment,’ stated Jean-Pierre.
‘As we’ve stated, the Russians ought to settle for our provide. They ought to settle for our provide at present.’
The White House stated Thursday that President Biden will meet Friday with relatives of Brittney Griner (left) and Paul Whelan (proper) whom officers say are wrongfully detained in Russia.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre introduced the conferences throughout her common each day briefing. But she stated there was no excellent news for the households
Negotiations have been difficult by the prickly relations between Moscow and Washington as a result of of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.