Russia thanks Turkiye for assistance in Russian prisoner's release from US

Turkish president told Russian counterpart that Turkiye's role in swap is meaningful in terms of mediation efforts.

Russia thanks Turkiye for assistance in Russian prisoner's release from US

Russia on Thursday thanked Turkiye for its role in the release of Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian detainee in the US for 20-years.

In a phone call, President Vladimir Putin thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for assistance in the prisoner swap of US Marine Trevor Reed and Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko at an airport in Turkiye on Wednesday.

Erdogan told Putin that Turkiye's role in the exchange is not only a sign of prioritizing peace, dialogue and cooperation but also meaningful in terms of mediation efforts.

He also reiterated Turkiye's readiness to take the initiative to end the war between Russia and Ukraine and to mediate toward the road to peace.

Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in 2010 on drug smuggling charges and extradited to the US, where he was serving a 20-year prison term.

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