Ukraine: Putin “satisfied” after an exchange of prisoners

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have expressed “satisfaction” after a prisoner exchange with Ukraine involving foreign fighters, mediated by Riyadh.

During a telephone conversation Thursday evening, the two leaders expressed their “satisfaction in connection with the transfer to Saudi Arabia of foreign citizens prisoners of war (…) which took place with the personal mediation of the crown prince”, the Kremlin said in a statement.

kyiv announced on Wednesday that it had recovered 215 Ukrainian and foreign fighters during an exchange with Moscow, which for its part recovered 55 Russian prisoners, including ex-MP Viktor Medvedchuk, a close friend of Mr. Putin, accused of high treason in Ukraine.

Shortly before, Ryad had announced the transfer to Saudi Arabia of five Britons, two Americans, a Moroccan, a Swede and a Croat as part of this exchange.

The five released Britons returned to the UK on Thursday.


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