Moscow, 9 December. The Kremlin acknowledged today that talks between Russia and the United States that led to the exchange of US basketball player Brittany Griner for Russian arms dealer Viktor cannot be regarded as a step towards improving ties between the two countries.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Izvestia newspaper, “These talks are exclusively related to the issue of the exchange, it is probably wrong to draw hypothetical conclusions that this is a step towards resolving the current crisis in our bilateral relations.” could.”
“No, bilateral relations are in a bad state,” he said.
On Thursday, Russia and the US swapped Butt for Griner at Abu Dhabi airport, serving sentences in US and Russian penal institutions for arms trafficking, drug possession and smuggling, respectively.
But has been in Moscow since last night and his wife Alla today told the official TASS agency that he is very tired after not sleeping for three days, but is grateful for the good treatment he received from the US agents who took him Were. Drop off point in Abu Dhabi.
Peskov, who did not want to reveal details of the exchange beyond the involvement of the special services of both countries, said the Kremlin but a “speedy recovery”.
“The most important thing is that a Russian citizen, who was deprived of his liberty in America for 14 years, which was absolutely illegal imprisonment, has returned home,” he stressed.