Biden says he had to make ‘difficult decisions’ to secure American’s release in Russia

Joe Biden said on Wednesday April 27 that he had to take “tough decisionsto obtain the release of former US Marine Trevor Reed, exchanged for a Russian pilot imprisoned in the United States.

Trevor, a former US Marine, was released from prison in Russia“, said the American president in a press release. “The negotiations that allowed us to bring Trevor home required difficult decisions that I do not take lightly.“, he added. “His safe return is a testament to the priority my administration places on the repatriation of Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad.“, he said.

“A long process of negotiation”

Russian diplomacy had announced just before that Trevor Reed, sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia for violence, had been exchanged for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot imprisoned in the United States for cocaine trafficking, citing “a long negotiation process“. “I am pleased to announce the release of US citizen Trevor Reed, wrongfully detained in Russia“, also indicated in a press release the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We welcome this important release, while continuing to call for the release of wrongfully detained US citizen Paul Whelan“, he added in reference to this man condemned in Moscow for espionage.

Trevor Reed, aged 30, was sentenced in July 2020 to nine years in prison for having assaulted in August 2019, while intoxicated, two police officers called to the scene of a party in Moscow. He had denied the attack and denounced a case “Politicsamid US-Russian tensions. Konstantin Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in 2010 by US secret service agents. Accused of drug trafficking, he was taken to the United States where justice sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

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