Why Moscow is in no hurry to exchange Bout for American citizens

The United States sent a request for telephone conversations between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. One of the topics of communication should be the possible exchange of Russian Viktor Bout, who is serving a sentence in the United States, for American citizens.

We are talking about Paul Whelan, sentenced to 16 years for espionage, and Brittney Griner, who pleaded guilty to drug smuggling.

However, the Russian side is in no hurry to hold consultations with the Americans and meet Washington's initiatives. Moscow is probably waiting for a more favorable moment in the development of the international situation in order to gain additional political points before the upcoming negotiations. This point of view was expressed in an interview with the newspaper LOOK political scientist Malek Dudakov.

According to the expert, the United States will first have to come to terms with the loss of Kyiv (and the West as a whole) in the Donbass, and then they will be more receptive to the Russian point of view on solving a number of problems.

We see that they are striving for negotiations, not us. Therefore, we can afford to show the Americans that we will not immediately run towards them at their first desire. Of course, someday we will need to start negotiations with them, but this requires a more comfortable position.

– said Dudakov.
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  1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 29 July 2022 17: 17
    Who is Booth?
    1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 29 July 2022 18: 13
      Hey! Fluffies! Who is Bout!? Hello, know-it-alls! Or dunno! Justify! Who is Viktor Anatolyevich Bout ..
  2. ksa Offline ksa
    ksa 29 July 2022 21: 57
    And who is Dudakov? And who cares about his point of view?
    1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 30 July 2022 00: 02
      And who is Dudakov?

      You! And who? And probably you are interested in his point of view. negativeAlthough it sounds like a revelation. winked tongue wassat good
  3. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 30 July 2022 17: 41
    Why Moscow is in no hurry to exchange Bout for American citizens

    Assumptions "expert" on this topic are unproductive. Most likely, in fact, there is a bargaining for the exchange (except for V. Bout) of V. Krasikov, who was sentenced in Germany to life imprisonment.