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Biden confirms: Russia frees ex-US Marine in exchange for pilot arrested in US

Former US Marine Trevor Reed, sentenced to 9 years in prison in Russia for violence, was released and exchanged for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot arrested in the United States for trafficking cocaine.

According to ‘La Vanguardia’, this information was confirmed a few moments ago by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, after Russian diplomacy gave him the news this Wednesday morning.

“Today we welcome Trevor Reed and celebrate his return to the family that has missed him so much,” the US president said in a statement. “Trevor, a former US Marine, is free from Russian detention. I heard from his parents’ voices how much they worried about his health and missed his presence and freedom,” he added.

Reed, remember, was arrested in the summer of 2019. Russian authorities accused him of assaulting a police officer while he was taking him to a police station after he had had too much to drink that morning.

The court sentenced Reed to 9 years in prison. His family has always maintained and continues to maintain their innocence. And Washington called him “unjustly detained.”

Liberation and exchange were not easy, especially since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. “I am grateful for the tireless and dedicated work of Presidential Special Envoy Roger Carstens, US Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Sullivan, and many others in our administration to ensure Trevor returns home healthy,” Biden said.

The official added: “The negotiations that allowed us to bring Trevor home required difficult decisions that I do not take lightly. His safe return is testament to the priority my government places on bringing home American hostages and detainees,” he stressed.

In exchange for Reed’s release, the US agreed to return Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was serving a 20-year sentence in a federal prison in Connecticut, to Russia for smuggling cocaine after he was arrested in Liberia in 2010 and extradited to the north. -American.

Source: with agencies

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