U.S. ambassador demanded Moscow follow international law in meeting with Russian government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Division on Monday verified a conference in between U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan and the Russian govt, through which Sullivan demanded that Moscow stick to worldwide legislation and make it possible for consular entry to all U.S. citizens detained in Russia.

Condition division spokesperson Ned Price claimed it is “totally unacceptable” that the United States has been denied consular obtain to detained American citizens in Russia.

He said there has been no transform to the scenario of WNBA All-Star player Brittney Griner, whom Russia explained it had detained previous thirty day period for possession of vape cartridges that contains hash oil. The U.S. has continue to not been authorized consular accessibility to Griner, Price tag explained.

Russia’s international ministry stated on Monday it experienced summoned Sullivan to convey to him that President Joe Biden’s contacting Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war legal” had pushed bilateral ties to the brink of collapse.

“It is awfully wealthy to listen to a place communicate about ‘inappropriate comments’ when that identical nation is engaged in mass slaughter, together with strikes and attacks that have resulted in civilian lives,” Price tag explained to reporters.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis, Humeyra Pamuk, Daphne Psaledakis and Doina Chiacu Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)