The European media covers prisoner exchange mediated by Türkiye

The European media covers prisoner exchange mediated by Türkiye

The prisoner exchange mediated by Türkiye between Russia and Ukraine received extensive coverage in the European media.

The British newspaper The Independent reported the prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine with the headline "Britons return home after prisoner swap with Russia."

According to the report, the prisoner exchange occurred one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilisation and his intention to annex portions of eastern Ukraine. 

The BBC, which covered the prisoner exchange with the headline "Major prisoner swap welcomed by Ukraine," reported that "Russia and Ukraine carried out an unexpected prisoner swap involving almost 300 people - including members of the Azov regiment." 

The Guardian newspaper referred to the event as "the biggest prisoner swap." The report stated, "The swap came after mediation by Türkiye, with negotiations carried out in strict secrecy."

The Netherlands 

According to the Dutch public broadcaster NOS, the biggest prisoner swap since the beginning of the Ukraine-Russia War took place through Türkiye's mediation. 

The news report stated that five Azov commanders will remain in Türkiye under the close supervision of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan until the end of the war as part of the exchange.

In Dutch news reports, footage of Svyatoslav Palamar, commander of the Azov regiment, speaking on the phone in Ankara was also included.


In an article citing the Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspline, the Belgian newspaper De Morgen reported that the exchange took place near the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv and was the result of "personal agreements" between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Türkiye Erdoğan. 


The newspaper Blick cited the Swiss official news agency SDA as its source and reported, "Türkiye mediated: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the exchange was mediated by Türkiye. Erdoğan called the agreement an 'important step' towards ending the war in Ukraine."


In Spain, while La Vanguardia reported, "Ukraine and Russia proceed to the largest prisoner exchange through Turkish and Saudi mediation," El Pais reported, "The President of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has also facilitated the rapprochement of parties in order to successfully proceed with the exchange, from which more than fifty Russian prisoners have also benefited."

Yesterday, it was announced that 200 war prisoners were exchanged as a result of the diplomacy traffic carried out by President Erdoğan with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Zelensky of Ukraine.

President Erdoğan stated that the prisoner exchange mediated by Türkiye between Russia and Ukraine was a crucial step towards ending the war.