Washington and Moscow exchange prisoners, including basketball player Brittney Griner

Washington and Moscow exchange prisoners, including basketball player Brittney Griner

The United States and Russia carried out a prisoner exchange on Thursday including American basketball star Brittney Griner and Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the White House and the Russian Foreign Ministry announced respectively.

“On December 8, 2022, at Abu Dhabi airport, the exchange procedure of Russian citizen Viktor Bout for American citizen Brittney Griner, who were respectively serving sentences in penal institutions in the United States and Russia, was successfully completed,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Telegram.

Viktor Bout, a famous Russian arms dealer, had been detained in the United States for more than 10 years.

US President Joe Biden announced for his part that Brittney Griner, detained in Russia since February, was now “safe” and “en route” to the United States.

“A few moments ago, I spoke with Brittney Griner. She is safe. She is on a plane. She is on her way to the United States, ”tweeted the American president.

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