Spy Swap: Diplomacy or Damage Control?

The recent spy swap between the U.S. and Moscow was said to have been done to prevent damage to the efforts at improving diplomatic relations. Ten Russian spies led ordinary American lives until they were arrested two weeks ago in the United States. They were sent back to Moscow in exchange for four Russians accused of conducting espionage activities for the West. The spy swapping happened in Vienna, right on the tarmac of its airport.

This could bring back memories of the Cold War as this is probably the biggest spy swap since then. It appears that this was the best move for both parties as they do not stand to benefit from keeping “spies” in prison. More than preventing any damage to ongoing diplomatic relations, Americans and Russians should see beyond the nuances of being world powers. For humanitarian reasons, they are doing the right thing.

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