As tensions continue to rise over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, Texan native and Marine Trevor Reed sit in a Russian prison. Now his parents are concerned that negotiations involving their son's release could deteriorate. According to the Dallas News, Reed's parent's concerns are growing as they recently learned their son may now have tuberculosis.
The Dallas News also reported that Jason Rebholz, spokesperson for the American Embassy in Moscow sent a tweet that confirmed that Trevor had been exposed to another prisoner with active tuberculosis. Rebholz said that Trevor has been coughing up blood and has not received proper medical care.
Trevor was arrested by the Russian government in Moscow in 2019 after being involved in a drunken altercation at a party. He was then sentenced to a nine-year prison term. The U.S. ambassador to Russia has called these charges and prison sentence absurd. According to CBS News, last year Reed caught COVID-19 and then went on a hunger strike in November to protest the way he is being treated.
News of Reed's possible tuberculosis comes as the U.S., Western Europe, and NATO brace for a strong possibility of Russia invading Ukraine. Russia has been dispatching troops to its borders with Ukraine since last fall. Biden now has said that an estimated 150,000 Russian combatants are ready to invade. Trevor Reed's parents told the Dallas News, that they have not been able to speak to Trevor since the summer. Their only way of getting updates is from attorneys who visit their son or his girlfriend who lives in Russia. The Reeds are thankful for what the American Embassy in Moscow has done to fight for Trevor, but they would like to see more from the White House in fighting for Trevor's release.