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Trump congratulates Russia and Ukraine on prisoner swap

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the Oval Office during a presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday congratulated Russia and Ukraine on a long-awaited prisoner swap that could thaw a deep freeze in relations between the two countries since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea region in 2014.

Trump said in a tweet that the move was “very good news, perhaps a first giant step to peace.”

Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Alistair Bell

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