American basketball player vs. Russian arms smuggler: Prisoner exchange talks underway
Moscow and Washington are discussing a prisoner swap involving a Russian arms dealer detained in the United States, a Russian diplomat confirmed on Saturday. Washington has repeatedly said “Important Offers” To free two Americans detained in Russia, the Basket Brittney Griner And one Former US Army veteran Paul Whelan.
Brittney Griner, considered one of the best basketball players in the world, was arrested in Moscow in February for possession of a vaporizer containing a cannabis-based liquid. His case took on geopolitical significance in the context of the crisis between Moscow and Washington related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to US media, the exchange involved Viktor Bode, a notorious Russian arms smuggler detained in the US and dubbed the “merchant of death”. Mr Bott was arrested in 2008 and is serving time in Thailand Twenty five years imprisonment In America. His extraordinary journey is one of the inspirations for the film God of warIt stars Nicolas Cage as a cynical arms dealer.
“Discussions about the most important subject of an exchange [prisonniers] through channels chosen by our Presidents”, said Alexander Dartsev, Director of the North American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Names quoted by American press “Actually considered. Russia has long sought the release of Viktor Bot.He added in an interview published Saturday by the Russian news agency TASS.
“‘Quiet diplomacy’ continues, and certainly by Washington it will pay off (…) Be careful not to get caught up in the propaganda”, he added. Mr. This is the first time Moscow has confirmed that discussions are taking place over a potential exchange involving the bot. The Kremlin has repeatedly criticized Washington.
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