Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates has successfully mediated the exchange of captives between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
The ministry highlighted that the success of the mediation, the third since the beginning of the year, is a reflection of the continuity, moderation and wisdom of the UAE’s relations with the countries. These relationships are leveraged to find common ground to resolve regional and international challenges and disputes, contributing to the continued success of diplomatic efforts. The completion of the new mediation has allowed the release of 100 Russian and 100 Ukrainian captives.
The ministry expressed its gratitude to the governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Ukraine for their cooperation and response to the UAE’s mediation to make the exchange process a success.
The ministry affirmed the UAE’s commitment to continuing efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine, highlighting its consistent position in calling for diplomacy, dialogue and reduction of tensions, and its efforts to support all initiatives that mitigate the humanitarian repercussions resulting from the crisis.
UAE mediation in early January 2024 twice achieved the release of captives from Russia and Ukraine, in addition to another successful mediation in December 2022, which led to the release and exchange of two prisoners between the United States and the Russian Federation.