Soon after Brittney Griner arrived in Texas, the Russian President was installed. Vladimir Putin more prisoner exchanges These are possible Between the two countries.

Putin “everything is possible” When asked about future swaps he replied that “compromises have been found” Viktor Bout (notorious arms dealer) was able to get the WNBA star cleared.

“We aren’t refusing to continue this work in the future,” After a summit in Kyrgyzstan, the Russian strongman was added.

“Whether this could set stage for a dialogue with the U.S. is a separate issue,” The leader stated. “We didn’t set the task to move from those talks to something else, but they do create a certain atmosphere.”

Despite securing Griner’s release, the US failed to win freedom for former US Marine Paul Whelan, a Michigan corporate security executive who has been imprisoned in Russia since December 2018 on trumped-up espionage charges.

“Everything is possible. We aren’t refusing to continue this work in the future,” Putin about the possibility of the future prisoner swaps.

Whelan declared Thursday, “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting” Griner was making her way home and Griner was in a Russian penal colonies.

“I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release, especially as the four-year anniversary of my arrest is coming up,” ​the 53-year-old told CNN In a telephone interview.

“I was arrested for a crime that never occurred,” He concluded. “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”

Brittney Griner arrives in Texas
Brittney Griner deplanes in San Antonio Friday morning.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, said that Bout was being exchanged for Griner by American and Russian intelligence agencies. America has criticized the deal as the Biden team being outplayed in Russia.

“It has no impact on the overall state of bilateral ties that looks sad,” Peskov stated in televised remarks that he added that “special services may continue their work if necessary.”

Bout is also known as “The Merchant of Death,” had been in US custody since 2008, when a sting operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration nailed him in Thailand.

Viktor Bout was released by the US in exchange for Brittney Griner.
Viktor Bout was the Russian arms dealer that the US released in exchange for Griner on Thursday.

Paul Whelan was detained in Russia and accused of spying in 2018.
Paul Whelan was taken into custody in Russia, and he was accused of spying on 2018.

Bout claimed that he was still struggling with his emotions after being released and accused the West for trying to destroy Russia.

“The West believes that it has failed to finish us off when the Soviet Union began to collapse,” He said. “And our efforts to live independently, be an independent power is a shock to them.”

Griner was flown by a corporate jet and landed in San Antonio on Friday morning.

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