Moscow (Times Of Ocean)- Russia thanked Turkey on Thursday for helping free Russian detainee Konstantin Yaroshenko, who had been held in the US for 20 years.
During a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked him for assistance in the prisoner swap between US Marine Trevor Reed and Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko at an airport in Turkey.
Putin was told by Erdogan that Turkey’s role in the exchange is not only a sign that the country prioritizes peace, dialogue, and cooperation, but also a meaningful effort in terms of mediation.
He also reiterated Turkey’s willingness to mediate to end the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in 2010 on drug smuggling charges and extradited to the United States, where he was serving a 20-year prison term.