After being held in a Russian prison for three years, Russia finally frees former US Marine Trevor Reed in exchange for a Russian drug trafficker who had been serving a 20-year federal sentence in the US.

The prisoner exchange comes as a surprise as Moscow and Washington have not had good diplomatic relations due to the United States leading the supporting war effort in Ukraine, with the US providing Kyiv with $3.7 billion in security and economic assistance since February 24.

The prisoner swap was a culmination of long negotiations, which eventually did happen in Turkey. Reed was seen being brought to Vnukovo airport before arriving in Turkey as he was followed by Russian state TV. According to reports, the two planes pulled up side by side, and the two individuals got out to exchange places.