Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine started a full prisoner swap on Sunday, driving all remaining detainees in the five-year conflict to a handover point and starting to unload them.
US authorities have dropped charges against two researchers accused of attempting to export chemicals to Iran in violation of trade sanctions. The decision follows a prisoner swap in which the United States freed a third researcher who was charged alongside them – and imprisoned.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent proposal to swap prisoners with the US only includes American nationals jailed in Iran, not Britons or nationals of other countries, said his spokesman.
Iran has launched financial channels with a number of countries to conduct money transactions to confront the US sanctions, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati announced on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday it was too early to discuss in detail a possible prisoner exchange with Ukraine, amid hopes for the release of film director Oleg Sentsov and others during the World Cup.