30 Mar 2023, 23:27

US condemns Russia arrest of WSJ journalist

WASHINGTON, March  30, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - The United States on Thursday 
condemned Russia's detention of an American journalist writing for The Wall 
Street Journal and said it was seeking consular access.

US officials said they were in touch with the family of detained journalist 
Evan Gershkovich as well as the newspaper and that the State Department had 
contacted Russia to seek consular access.

"The targeting of American citizens by the Russian government is 
unacceptable. We condemn the detention of Mr. Gershkovich in the strongest 
terms," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

 "I want to strongly reiterate that Americans should heed the US 
government's warning to not travel to Russia. US citizens residing or traveling 
in Russia should depart immediately."

  President Joe Biden had been briefed on the detention, National Security 
Council spokesman John Kirby said.

 Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement connected the detention to 
the crackdown on media in Russia, whose relations with Washington have 
nosedived since the invasion of Ukraine.

 "In the strongest possible terms, we condemn the Kremlin's continued 
attempts to intimidate, repress, and punish journalists and civil society 
voices," Blinken said.