On April 27, the United States and Russia unexpectedly exchanged prisoners. Russia traded a U.S. Marine Corps veteran detained in Moscow, Trevor Reed, for a long-serving Russian pilot in the United States, Yaroshenko.
At present, the war between Russia and Ukraine is at a stalemate. The sudden exchange of prisoners between the United States and Russia is indeed very special in terms of time. After all, it can be said that the present is the tensest time for Russia and the United States in decades.
Although U.S. officials have declared that the prisoner exchange was not part of diplomatic negotiations, it does not mean that the United States has changed its attitude towards the situation in Ukraine. But even in peacetime, the sudden exchange of prisoners is something to behold.
It is reported that the United States and Russia selected the European country for the exchange of prisoners. The two prisoners who seem to be carrying “ordinary crimes” are the “victims” of the Russian media’s 20-year game with each other.
The United States has released Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who had been imprisoned for 12 years.
Yaroshenko was arrested in 2010, when U.S. special forces traveled directly to Libya to bring him to the United States on charges of conspiring to smuggle 4 tons of the drug cocaine into the United States, and served 20 years in prison in Connecticut.
Yaroshenko has maintained his innocence and said he has not transported any cargo since the collapse of the Soviet Union. But no matter how he defends himself, the United States still insists that he is “guilty”.