The United States welcomed Turkey’s facilitating efforts for prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia.
“I would like to thank the Turkish government for helping facilitate the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia, building on their leadership on the grain deal,” said Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor via Twitter on Thursday.
Russia and Ukraine carried out a major prisoner swap on Wednesday with the help of Turkey and Saudi Arabia involving almost 300 people, the largest since the beginning of the war in late February. Under the deal, 215 Ukrainians and 55 Russians were released. According to Reuters, ten foreigners including five Britons, two Americans, a Moroccan, a Croatian and a Swedish national were also released, after being captured fighting for Ukraine.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Turkey was working to resolve a hostage crisis between Russia and Ukraine to deescalate tensions between the two countries.