Russia's state media trumpeted the swap as a win for Moscow, after the release of a man who the US has described as one of the world's most prolific arms dealers.
The two countries have been discussing a deal that could see Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan return to the US in exchange for Russian weapons trafficker Viktor Bout.
Russia resumes its participation in a deal freeing up grain exports from Ukraine, after Türkiye's successful efforts — hailed by several countries — to resolve a crisis between Moscow and Kiev, even as fighting continues on its 253rd day.
Venezuela releases seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the US reportedly releasing two nephews of President Nicolas Maduro's wife.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to be the most trusted arbiter between Russia and Ukraine – and the recent prisoner swap negotiated by Ankara proves it.
Prisoner exchange under Ankara-brokered deal is an "important step" toward ending the conflict between the two countries, says Turkish President Erdogan.
US Navy veteran Mark Frerichs and Afghan Taliban associate Bashar Noorzai have been swapped in a prisoner exchange between the two countries, according to a Taliban minister.
The US says it will "pursue" Russia's latest offer to discuss the prisoner swap involving detained basketball star Brittney Griner.
Ex-US Marine Trevor Reed was serving a nine-year sentence in Russia after being convicted in 2019 of endangering the lives of two police officers, while Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko was in US jail on drug charges.
Several Iranian officials have said that a deal on Iran's nuclear programme is expected before the end of the week with some minor technical issues being discussed in Vienna.
US denies Iranian media report regarding possible prisoner swap and release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds, saying such reports "are not true."
For the Taliban and Afghan government, prisoner swaps are a litmus test for everyone’s real intentions, even though these dither with the peace process.
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