The son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. citizen Salah Khashoggi, was allowed to return with his family to the United States on Thursday after extended detention in Saudi Arabia. Salah holds dual citizenship, and had been held for months by the Saudi government.
The release comes days after what is widely seen as a forced photo opportunity by the Saudi Government, which is attempting to mitigate the backlash from the slaying of his father at a Turkish embassy.
The Saudi government insists that the slaying was accidental, despite the recent discovery of a body double who was on hand to create the appearance that Khashoggi had left the building.
Per the BBC, Russia is calling for the Saudi version of events to be believed.
“No-one should have any reasons not to believe them,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
His comments contrast with doubts among Saudi Arabia’s Western allies as Riyadh has changed its version of what happened in the consulate on 2 October several times.
President Trump is admitting they engaged in a cover-up. He does not feel that the murder of a journalist who was a United States resident should jeopardize the arms deals between the Saudi government and US companies, however.
Reuters is reporting that efforts by business and the Trump administration are underway to allow the purchases to continue.