Brittany Griner (32) was held in Russian prison after a conviction for drug possession. Viktor Bout (55) was held in American prison after a conviction for illegal arms sales, supporting terrorists and money laundering. In a prisoner exchange that took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Abu Dhabi airport, WNBA player Brittany Griner and Russian dealer Viktor Bout walked past each other on the tarmac.
NOTE: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) negotiated the deal. Yesterday, in federal court the U.S. dropped a lawsuit against MbS for the Khoshoggi killing. The case was dismissed. The timing is transparent.
The Biden administration gets a popular transvestite hero of the LGBTQ+ community, while Vladimir Putin gets a Russian born global arms dealer nicknamed “the merchant of death.” All things considered, the exchange priorities sound about right.
(Joe Biden) – “Moments ago, standing together with her wife, Cherelle, in the Oval Office, I spoke with Brittney Griner. She’s safe. She’s on a plane. She’s on her way home.
After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along. This is a day we’ve worked toward for a long time. We never stopped pushing for her release.
It took painstaking and intense negotiations, and I want to thank all the hardworking public servants across my administration who worked tirelessly to secure her release.” (read more)
(Reuters) – […] Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both traditional U.S. allies, are members of the OPEC+ oil producers alliance that includes Russia and have resisted Western pressure to help isolate Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
Their mediation reflects efforts to show their ties with Russia are of benefit to Washington, which had accused Gulf oil producers of siding with Russia when OPEC+ agreed in October to cut oil output targets over U.S. objections. (more)
“And then I told him he had to stand on the tarmac and hit a three-point shot to save his johnson”…