U.S. Embassy Issues Diplomatic Note to Moscow over Lack of Access to Imprisoned Trevor Reed

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow informed on Thursday it has issued a diplomatic note to the Russian Foreign Ministry to protest the lack of access to the former U.S .marine Trevor Reed, who is currently serving his 9 years prison sentence in Russia for assaulting police.

The diplomatic mission’s chargé d’affaires, Bartle Gorman said in a statement on Friday that U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protesting its lack of access to the imprisoned U.S. citizen Trevor Reed, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 25 and was denied consular access for 16 days.

He expressed grave concerns about his health, noting that the hospital repeatedly refused to provide them with even a single update or piece of information about his health for more than two weeks.

According to the Moscow Federal Penitentiary Service, Reed had fully recovered and was discharged from a prison hospital.

Gorman also added that Reed hasn’t received any of the letters his family had sent and has been repeatedly denied phone calls to his family or embassy personnel

Gorman noted that their constant requests for access to Reed and updates about his medical condition have been ignored, which is a clear violation of both the bilateral Consular Convention and the international Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

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