Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

Dozens of organizations representing people of color, women and LGBTQ voters on Wednesday called on President Biden to reach an agreement on the release of WNBA star Britney Gerner, who has been in Russia since February.

In a letter to Mr Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the groups said Ms Greiner had “continued to suffer inhumane treatment without contact with her family.”

The letter states that the United States “recognizes that Britney is essentially a political pawn in which she has been wrongfully detained.” And while the signatories cited “deep appreciation” for the administration’s efforts to secure Ms. Greiner’s release, “we now ask you to make an agreement to bring Britney back to the United States immediately and safely.” . “

The Phoenix Mercury basketball player was arrested in Russia on February 17 on suspicion of possessing marijuana oil. At first, Ms Garner’s camp feared that publicity could worsen tensions between Russia and the United States, including over the Ukraine war.

But the group’s position has changed since the State Department said on May 3 that it had determined that Ms. Greiner had been “mistakenly detained.” This meant that despite legal action against him in Russia, the United States could do more to bring him home.

In recent weeks, WNBA players, working with Ms. Gurner’s wife, Cheryl, and others, have sought to draw attention to her case.

The latest effort was coordinated by Democratic Strategist Karen Fannie from groups including the National Organization for Women, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Urban League and the National Action Network. The groups, which represent the coalition of constituencies that helped elect Mr Biden, are talking amid growing frustration with the pace of efforts to bring Ms Greiner home.

“As far as I understand, they have not started negotiations for his release, and therefore this letter is very powerful because it requires a great deal of cooperation to highlight the fact that we are at a stage where You guys have to make a deal, “said Cheryl Griner.

“I wish I could say I have a clear understanding of that,” he said of the White House’s strategy. “They talk to me a lot in code.”

He said the administration was debating whether to start negotiations, as it had already decided that his wife had been wrongfully detained. “Instead, they are arguing and they are wasting time on my wife’s life.”

White House officials declined to comment.

Administration officials say Mr. Biden’s team is in regular contact with Greiner’s family, and Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken spoke with Cheryl Greiner in May. Special envoys for hostage affairs are also in touch with Ms Garner’s team.

Still, Cherelle Griner said she was unsure of how much the White House was prioritizing the issue. He told The Associated Press he was going to talk to his wife on the phone for the first time in almost four months over the weekend, but logistics problems at the US embassy in Moscow prevented the plan.

According to the AP, the embassy was to facilitate the call between the two women. But when Britney Greiner called the embassy in the United States to talk to his wife, there was no response. Britney Greiner’s lawyers say he tried to call the line 11 times while his wife waited in vain for the call, The AP reported.

“I was upset. I was hurt. I worked, I got bored,” Cheryl Greener told The AP.

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