WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – US basketball player Brittany Griner didn’t want to be alone when she boarded the US government plane that brought her home.
Griner said, “I’ve been listening to the Russians for 10 months, I want to talk.” Earth.
Griner walked throughout the plane, greeting the crew, shaking hands and “making a personal connection with them,” Carstens told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Carstens said that out of 18 hours of flight, Griner was speaking for about 12 hours. The basketball player recounted his experiences in a Russian penal colony and his months in captivity, Carstens recalled, though he declined to provide details.
“I was left with the impression that he was an intelligent, passionate, kind, humble, interesting, patriotic man,” Carstens said. “But more than anything, an authentic person. I’m sorry I met her under these circumstances, but I feel blessed to have met her.”
Although Griner is now undergoing physical and psychological exams, Carstens said she was “full of energy, she felt fantastic.”
Griner, who also played basketball in Russia, was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after Russian authorities accused him of possessing a vaping device and cannabis oil. The United States said he was illegally detained, which Moscow denies.