Video first footage of the exchange of Viktor Bout for Greiner at the airport in the United Arab Emirates
🇷🇺🇺🇲 The first footage of the exchange of Viktor Bout for Greiner at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates.
WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday was freed from Russian detention after a prisoner exchange for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout who is known as the “Merchant of Death” due to his weapons sales that fueled deadly conflicts around the world.
Most do not consider the exchange to have been good for the United States. President Joe Biden gave final approval for the prisoner swap freeing Griner over the past week, an official familiar with the matter has told CNN, adding that the president was updated on the swap as it took place.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed led mediation efforts that secured the release of two prisoners between the US and Russia, a joint statement issued by both countries’ foreign ministries said on Thursday.
The Daily Mail is calling it a "deal soaked in blood".