Details emerge of prisoner swap between US and Russia

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Details emerge of prisoner swap between US and Russia

Turkey continued its multilateral and constructive diplomatic efforts to establish peace between Russia and Ukraine, and also undertook a mission of mediating the prisoner swap between the United States and Russia during the same period.

According to the information obtained, a request was made from Turkey for the exchange between the United States and Russia, which has been the subject of long-term negotiations but has not received a positive result.

Turkey has received requests from the two countries for the reciprocal extradition of former US Marine Trevor Reed and Russian-born pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was arrested in Moscow in 2019 and has been imprisoned in the United States, in a concerted diplomatic effort to secure his release in the process.

With the approval of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, preparations have been initiated by the National Intelligence Service for the reciprocal extradition of US citizen Trevor Reed and Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko to their countries under Turkish mediation.

In this context, Reed, a US citizen, and Yaroshenko, a Russian citizen, were exchanged in Ankara between the US and Russian delegations under the supervision of the National Intelligence Service at around 2pm yesterday.

The National Intelligence Service has previously been involved in Turkey’s mediation activities. Silvia Constanzo Romano, an Italian nurse who was kidnapped in Kenya and taken to Somalia in 2018, was also rescued by the National Intelligence Service in 2020 and handed over to the Italian authorities.

President Erdogan met with Putin... 'We are ready to mediate for peace'

President Erdogan met with Putin… ‘We are ready to mediate for peace’

Putin thanked President Erdogan for the exchange in Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Erdogan also discussed the exchange between Russia and the United States in Turkey during the Putin meeting.

According to a statement from the Presidency of Communications, the meeting focused on the exchange between Russia and the United States in Turkey yesterday, as well as developments related to the war in Ukraine.

During the meeting, Russian President Putin thanked President Erdogan for the exchange between Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and American marine Trevor Reed in Turkey yesterday under the coordination and supervision of the National Intelligence Service.

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