US Citizen Released From Syrian Prison With Russian Help for Humanitarian Reason

Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Russia has facilitated the release of a US citizen from a Syrian prison several months ago for humanitarian reasons without the involvement of a special operation or ransom, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko
© Photo: provided by Konstantin Yaroshenko’s attorney

ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – He voiced readiness to act in the same manner regarding citizens of any state, and said he hoped Russia’s partners would do the same.“Several months ago the United States requested us to assist them in liberating an American citizen who found himself in prison in Syria. Following necessary activities we managed to do it. It wasn’t some kind of a special operation, we just talked to Syrian authorities. We received this individual and handed him over to the Americans, of course, with no ransom money involved. We were driven by purely humanitarian motives,” Putin told reporters.