British Prime Minister Liz Truss, on Monday, thanked Saudi Crown Prince, HRH Mohammed bin Salman, during a phone call, for his role in securing the release of five British citizens, who were detained by Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine last week.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has confirmed the release of five British nationals, among 10 people held by Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.
She said in a statement that this would end “months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families.”
She thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Saudi Arabia for their assistance in securing the release of the detainees.
” “Russia must put an end to the cruel political exploitation of prisoners of war and civilian detainees,” she added.
According to the Saudi government, Russia released the 10 after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman mediated.
The group believed to have been released includes US, British, Swedish, Croat, and Moroccan nationals as part of a prisoner exchange agreement between Russia and Ukraine.
“The concerned Saudi authorities have received and transferred them from Russia to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are working to facilitate procedures for their safe return to their countries,” according to a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.