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A State Department and said WNBA player Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia in February and faces up to 10 years in prison in the country on drug charges, remains a “top priority” as another US prisoner, Marine veteran Trevor Reed, was released Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap between the two countries.

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State Pack Ned Price told CNN the State Department is in “regular contact” with Griner’s team and are working with the Russian embassy to “to see to it that she’s treated fairly” and they have “consistent access to her.”

President Joe Biden said Wednesday he “won’t stop until Paul Whelan and others” are released from Russia, referencing another US citizen who has been detained there since 2018 on espionage charges, though Biden did not mention Griner by name.

Concerns for Griner were raised on social media Wednesday as news of Reed’s release broke.