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Terrorists smile: ex-US national security adviser explains the danger of the Greiner exchange

According to John Bolton, Washington has shown its weakness and set a precedent for rogue states like the Russian Federation to get their way.

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The exchange of Russian Viktor Bout for American basketball player Brittney Griner, which took place on Thursday, December 8, actually means the US surrender to terrorists in the international arena. This opinion was expressed by John Bolton, who served as National Security Advisor to the 45th US President Donald Trump in 2018-2019.

“The Bout-on-Greiner prisoner swap is not a deal, it's an American surrender. This is not what American power looks like. Terrorists and rogue states are smiling,” Bolton tweeted.

John Robert Bolton II – statesman and politician of the United States, national security adviser to the President of the United States from April 9, 2018 to September 10, 2019.

What is remarkable about John Bolton as a politician

< p> Bolton is known for his conservative views on foreign policy. He is a hardliner in relation to the countries of the so-called “axis of evil” – North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Russia and its allies.

Sharply criticized the foreign policy of US President Barack Obama. He considered the war in Ukraine as an example of the failed decisions of official Washington. Supports the provision of weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

At one time, Bolton applied for the post of US Secretary of State.

Britney Griner exchange for Victor Bout: what is known

US basketball player Brittney Greiner, sentenced in Russia to nine years in prison, was exchanged for Russian Viktor Bout.

The citizen of the Russian Federation himself was serving a sentence in the United States for arms trafficking. Before the exchange procedure, both Greiner, who was accused of drug smuggling in the Russian Federation, and Bout were pardoned. This means that they do not have to serve the remainder of their sentences in their home countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation noted that the procedure for exchanging Russian Viktor Bout for US citizen Brittney Griner was successfully completed at the airport in Abu Dhabi (the capital United Arab Emirates and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, – ed.).

In turn, US President Joe Biden said that the United States was in intense negotiations with the Russian Federation on an exchange. Immediately after the exchange, the American leader spoke on the phone with Greiner, who was released in the Russian Federation; she is on a plane on her way to the United States.

Focus also wrote that Viktor Bout was detained in Bangkok in March 2008 as a result of an operation by American intelligence agencies and subsequently extradited to the United States, where he was accused of illegally supplying weapons to Afghanistan, Angola, Liberia, Rwanda and other countries. Later, the court sentenced him to 25 years in prison.