Saturday, June 25

US Government: There was an error in Griner’s call with wife

After it was disclosed last Monday that a logistical error prevented WNBA Phoenix Mercury star basketball player Brittney Griner from having a phone call as part of her fourth wedding anniversary with wife Cherelle while she is in a prison in Russia, the US State Department on Tuesday accepted the error and said the call has been rescheduled.

WNBA’s Griner unable to talk to wife from RussiaAP

New phone call in “relatively short order”

The spokesman for the Department, Ned Price, announced the news and although he did not reveal the date on which the first telephone communication between the couple will take place since Brittney Griner was detained at the Moscow Airport four months ago, he did indicate that it “will take place in relatively short order”.

But more importantly, he said that the U.S. government was deeply sorry for what he described as a “logistical error”.

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That error resulted in no one being present at the U.S. Embassy in Russia to answer the basketball player’s 11 attempted phone calls last Saturday as originally scheduled.

The justification for the “logistical error” by the U.S. Embassy

However, Price, while acknowledging the unacceptable error that left Cherelle furious with her government, tried to explain part of the reasons why it occurred.

“It was a logistical issue that was compounded in part by the fact that our embassy in Moscow is under significant restrictions in terms of its staffing,” Price said. “And so when we have issues with the telephone system there, for example, the technicians are not located on site. In fact, they’re not even located in Russia. They have to be located in a third country because of the onerous restrictions that the Russian Federation has placed on our embassy and its operations.”

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This incident has raised doubts about the real importance that the government of President Joe Biden has given to the matter, as Cherelle herself doubts the issue, arguing that if they cannot even be present to ensure a simple telephone connection, it is likely that the negotiations for the release of Brittney Griner are being relegated to a lower priority.

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