UPDATED 12:53 AM PT – Monday, August 31, 2020
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan visited detained Marine veteran Trevor Reed at a detention center in Moscow Monday, where he’s being held after being sentenced to nine-years for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The ambassador called the evidence used to convict Reed laughable and asserted the Trump administration will continue advocating for his release. He also noted that Reed’s case is being discussed by officials at the highest levels of both the Russian and U.S. governments.
“Last week, my successor deputy secretary was here and we met with senior Russian government officials where we raised Trevor’s case as well as a couple of other Americans who have been detained,” Sullivan stated. “So the short answer is: the President is very concerned about Trevor’s case and we are doing all we can to get him released.”
The ambassador also said he hopes to visit Marine veteran Paul Whelan who is serving a 16-year sentence for alleged espionage. Whelan’s trial and treatment has notably been criticized by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.