US Marine veteran Trevor Reed was freed from custody in Moscow in a prisoner change with a Russian drug trafficker on Wednesday, President Biden and officers introduced.
“Today we welcome home Trevor Reed and celebrate his return to the family that missed him dearly,” Biden stated in an announcement, emphasizing that “Trevor, a former US Marine, is free from Russian detention.”
Biden revealed that he shared the information along with his dad and mom, Joey and Paula Reed, saying he “heard in the voices of Trevor’s parents how much they’ve worried about his health and missed his presence.”
“I’m grateful for the tireless and dedicated work of Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens, US Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Sullivan, and many others across our government to ensure that Trevor came home safely,” the president continued.
“The negotiations that allowed us to bring Trevor home required difficult decisions that I do not take lightly.”
Reed had been behind bars since 2019, serving a nine-year sentence on expenses he assaulted two cops in Moscow, who have been driving him to a police station the night time after a celebration the place he reportedly obtained blackout drunk.
A senior US official and the Russian international ministry confirmed to the Associated Press that Reed’s launch was negotiated as a part of a prisoner change. The US traded the veteran for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a 20-year jail sentence in Connecticut.
The official advised the outlet that the choice to swap the prisoners was “difficult” however was “one that we thought was worth it.”
The swap reportedly occurred in an unidentified European nation – nevertheless a aircraft belonging to Russia’s federal safety service was noticed flying to Ankara, Turkey hours earlier than it occurred.
Reed’s household thanked Biden “for making the decision to bring Trevor home,” in an announcement obtained by the outlet.
In the weeks that predated his launch, Reed’s dad and mom grew more and more involved over the veteran’s well being as he launched into a second starvation strike to protest his therapy by Russian officers final month.
“Trevor had some injury where he thinks he might have a broken rib. Plus, he has all the symptoms of active tuberculosis. He went to a prison hospital for about 10 days. And they didn’t treat him,” his father stated.
Joey Reed added that his son requested to remain within the hospital however was as an alternative put in solitary confinement. While in jail, Trevor was additionally coughing up blood and had “something protruding out of his side,” his father additionally claimed.
The senior US official stated Reed’s case was of “utmost priority” due to his well being.
Biden added that his administration is not going to cease their efforts to deliver residence Paul Whelan, a Michigan company safety government jailed on espionage expenses.
“[Reed’s] safe return is a testament to the priority my Administration places on bringing home Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad,” Biden stated.
With Post wires