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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reiterated on Wednesday that returning home from a Russian prison was one of his top priorities.

The grinder has been in Russia since February. The WNBA star was arrested at Moscow airport for bringing in vapor cartridges containing oils extracted from marijuana. Her detention was extended three times, the latest being July 2.

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at a news conference with NATO Secretary - General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department in Washington.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at a news conference with NATO Secretary – General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department in Washington.
(AP Photo / Jacqueline Martin)

Blinken Griner mentioned the arrest in a meeting with LGBTQ reporters at the State Department. To the Huffington Post. Griner is a part of that community.

“This is something I personally focus on. I have a limit to what I can say publicly. But we’ve focused on this a lot. We’re determined to bring her home,” Blinken said.

The State Department asked why it took months to classify her as “wrongly detained” and said a formal process was being followed to classify her with that status.

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WNBA star Britney Greiner leaves the courtroom on May 13, 2022, following a trial in Khimki, outside Moscow, Russia.

WNBA star Britney Greiner leaves the courtroom on May 13, 2022, following a trial in Khimki, outside Moscow, Russia.
(AP Photo / Alexander Jemlianichenko)

He said to walk according to the law. “This is the situation we have in many countries. Deciding in advance whether any person has been unjustly detained or not … and we did the same in the case of Britney Griner.”

Griner’s detention was extended again Tuesday, the Phoenix Mercury Center agent said.

Lindsay Kagawa Colas wrote on Twitter that the decision was further proof that the player was “being used as a political pawn”. She called on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take urgent action to bring the basketball player home from Moscow.

“Today the extension Britney Griner – an Olympian and an American citizen – is being used as a political pawn,” Kagawa-Coles tweeted. “Her detention is inhumane and unacceptable. She did not have a single phone call during her 117 days of false detention, and we will work urgently with @POTUS and @VP to do anything to bring Britney home immediately.”

Britney Grinner of the Mercury at the WNBA Finals Game against the Chicago Sky on October 13, 2021 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Britney Grinner of the Mercury at the WNBA Finals Game against the Chicago Sky on October 13, 2021 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
(Michael Gonzalez / NBAE by Getty Images)

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Griner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.