NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is talking about his function within the launch of a former U.S. Marine from a Russian jail. Richardson landed in Moscow the day earlier than the invasion of Ukraine to push for Trevor Reed’s launch. “They were on the eve of the invasion. We left the day before. I met with a number of Russian officials and I pushed hard for Trevor’s release in exchange for Yaroshenko. But the reality is…the credit goes to the president who authorized the release,” mentioned Richardson.
Richardson says a collection of things helped pave the way in which together with a personal Oval Workplace assembly between his mother and father and President Joe Biden, in addition to escalating issues over Reed’s well being. He was launched to the U.S. in a prisoner trade for a former Russian pilot convicted of drug smuggling. “We will stand for our American hostages. Not just in Russia, in North Korea all around the world, Iran, where many hostile countries take our prisoners, take our Americans, as bargaining chips,” mentioned Richardson.
Reed was serving a nine-year jail sentence for assault, a cost he denies. U.S. officers confused that the negotiations for Reed’s launch have been slim in scope, centered squarely on the prisoners and never on Russia’s warfare.