Turkey mediates Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap involving 200: Erdogan

Ankara, Sep 23 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Russia and Ukraine had traded 200 detainees of battle under the intercession of Turkey.

“Because of strategic traffic I directed with Mr. (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and Mr. (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky, the trading of 200 conflict detainees among Russia and Ukraine was achieved today (September 22),” he told columnists on the official plane coming back to Turkey in the wake of going to the UN General Gathering in New York.

“This trade that occurred under Turkey’s intercession is a significant stage for finishing the conflict,” state-run TRT telecaster cited the Turkish president as saying.

Erdogan noticed that he will proceed with telephone strategy to wipe the slate clean among Russia and Ukraine, Xinhua news office detailed.

Russia and Ukraine have completed their biggest detainee trade since the beginning of their contention on February 24, in which 215 Ukrainians, including 124 officials, were delivered by Russia, the Planning Central command for the Treatment of Detainees of War said Thursday.

Two regular people were likewise delivered as a feature of the trade.

Plus, Saudi Arabia intervened an arrival of 10 outsiders by Russia under the trade, as indicated by the Saudi Unfamiliar Service.