The United States has raised concerns through uncovered news about Paul Whelan, a US citizen who is detained in Russia, after his family publicly said they had not heard from him in days and were unsure where he was being held.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby told uncovered news on Wednesday that “US President Joe Biden’s administration was “deeply concerned” about the US Marine veteran, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020 on espionage charges”.
“That deeply concerns us and we certainly share the anxiety and the concern of the land and family,” he added. “We are deeply concerned about the lack of information and the lack of contact from Paul, and we’re working on it as hard as we can through the diplomatic channels.”
“We have been trying to get more information about Mr Whelan’s condition and his whereabouts. And as we speak this morning, regrettably, we do not have an update specifically about where he is or what condition he’s in,” Kirby told reporters in a telephone briefing.
The comment comes amid ongoing negotiations between US and Russian officials to secure the release of detained citizens from their respective countries.
Paul was not complaining of any health conditions that required hospitalization, so has there been an emergency?” David Whelan said in an emailed statement on Tuesday, adding that Paul had appeared healthy and well to the diplomats.
“Is he unable to make calls? Or is he really still at [the penal colony] but he’s been put in solitary and the prison is hiding that fact?”
Meanwhile, during a press briefing on Monday, Kirby said the Biden administration continued to have conversations with Russian officials about Griner and Whelan’s release.
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