Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Britney Grinner is not a hostage because he remains in Russian custody

Months have passed since the WNBA star Britney Greener was detained in Russia after being accused of having hashish oil in her luggage. As her team and the US government continue to fight for her return home, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken out about Britney’s detention and says she is not a hostage.

In an interview with NBC News, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, spoke out against State Department allegations that Britney had been held hostage. He says this is no different from any of the “hundreds and hundreds of Russian citizens who have been convicted of wearing hashish”. He then asked, “Why release a foreigner?”

Peskov added

“She violated Russian law and is now being prosecuted. It’s not about being a hostage. There are many American citizens here. They enjoy their freedoms … but you must obey the law. “

Peskov’s interview with NBC comes as the Russian government imposes restrictions on “journalists and restricts what reporters can say under threat of imprisonment.”

Asked why Britney had simply not been denied entry or returned home, Peskov said he could not speak about the decision by Russian law enforcement.

Although he was arrested in February, it was only last month that the US government officially announced that Britney “wrongfully detained. ” Last week it was announced that Brittney’s detention was extended once again for another 18 days and is now expected to remain in Russian custody until at least July 2.

Britney’s wife Cherry Greener, also said that their anniversary call did not happen after her calls went unanswered. It is reported that Britney received a number to call the US Embassy in Russia, where she would be connected to his wife through someone from the office. However, this did not happen because the embassy “was not serviced” at the time.

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