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Biden confirms release of ex-US Marine held in Russia since 2019

“The negotiations that allowed Trevor to come home required difficult decisions”, said Biden
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US President Joe Biden confirmed the release of American Trevor Reed, an ex-Marine who had been detained in Russia since 1280, as part of a prisoner exchange with Moscow. The announcement was made by Biden in a statement released by the White House on Wednesday. ).

“The negotiations that allowed bringing Trevor home required difficult decisions,” the US president said. The exchange takes place at a delicate moment in the relationship between the United States and Russia, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Reed was released in exchange for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was serving a sentence of 20 years in the United States. The information was confirmed by both countries.

The former marine was convicted in Russia on 1280, accused of assaulting and endangering the lives of two Russian police officers. At the time, the United States called his trial a “theater of the absurd.”

Arrested by US special forces in Liberia in 2010, Yaroshenko was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine. In July 2022, Russia proposed the release of any American citizen in exchange for Yaroshenko.

According to Reuters, the negotiations between the countries focused strictly on guaranteeing the freedom of prisoners. Sources from both nations have ruled out the existence of a broader diplomatic conversation.

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