The U.S. ambassador to Russia met with Evan Gershkovich, the jailed American reporter for The Wall Avenue Journal, in Lefortovo Jail in Moscow on Monday, the State Division stated hours after their discuss.
The go to by the ambassador, Lynne Tracy, marked the third time she had met with Mr. Gershkovich since he was detained by the Russian authorities in March.
“Ambassador Tracy stated that Evan continues to seem in good well being and stays sturdy, regardless of his circumstances,” the State Division stated in a written assertion.
American officers have stated that their Russian counterparts are blocking them from getting common consular entry to Mr. Gershkovich, the primary American journalist arrested on an espionage cost in Russia because the finish of the Chilly Conflict.
Relations between Washington and Moscow are at their lowest level in many years following the choice by President Vladimir V. Putin to begin a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Analysts say Russian officers below Mr. Putin probably detained Mr. Gershkovich in hopes of doing a prisoner swap with the US.
Russian officers are holding Mr. Gershkovich, 31, on an accusation of spying though he’s a journalist with accreditation from Russia’s Overseas Ministry and regardless of the actual fact he was doing reporting on the time of his detention.
Brokers from the Federal Safety Service, or F.S.B., detained Mr. Gershkovich on March 29 whereas he was on a reporting journey within the metropolis of Yekaterinburg within the Urals area.
The Wall Avenue Journal and Mr. Gershkovich’s members of the family have denied any accusation that he’s a spy, and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken stated in April that he had been wrongfully detained.
In December 2022, President Biden agreed to launch Viktor Bout, an imprisoned Russian weapons supplier, in trade for the liberty of Brittney Griner, the American basketball star, practically 10 months after Ms. Griner was detained in Moscow on accusations of drug smuggling and possession. The State Division stated in Could 2022 that she had been wrongfully detained.
Russia has stated it would talk about prisoner releases with the US by way of a particular channel that Mr. Biden and Mr. Putin established at a gathering in Geneva in 2021. The negotiations to launch of Ms. Griner passed off by way of that channel.
A Russian courtroom determined in June to increase Mr. Gershkovich’s detention till at the least Aug. 30 and denied an enchantment from his legal professionals. The detention was initially presupposed to have ended on Could 29. Ms. Tracy final met with Mr. Gershkovich in jail on July 3.