Day 21 - Paul Whelan - Lefortovo Prison Moscow - Update Jan 17, 2019

We are disappointed that the Russian government has postponed a scheduled visit by the U.S. Embassy's staff today (January 17, 2019).  We had hoped to continue to have an opportunity to exchange additional information with Paul.  The visit by Irish consular officials yesterday was very helpful and gave us an opportunity to receive specific guidance from Paul.  Hopefully the U.S. Embassy's visit can be rescheduled soon, and the UK's request to establish communication with Paul will also be granted.

The family is glad of the communication that appears to be occurring at the ministerial level between the governments interested in Paul's welfare.  US Secretary of State Pompeo <https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2019/01/288476.htm> is reported to have spoken with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, about Paul's case. 

 Despite our disappointment that a visit will not occur today between the U.S. Embassy staff and Paul, we are confident it will be rescheduled very soon.  These consular visits during Paul's detention will help ensure his continued health and well-being while the family continues to work with government officials to try to bring Paul home.