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Russian warship discovered near Latvian coast

Ship of the Russian Federation approached at a distance of 14 miles from the state border
17:28, 7 October 2018

dumskaya.net

A Russian warship was discovered not far from the coast of Latvia, in the exclusive economic zone of the country. It is reported by the press service of the National Armed Forces of Latvia on Twitter.

The incident occurred yesterday, on Saturday, October 6.

"On October 6, in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia, at a distance of 14 nautical miles from the state border, the Russian military ship of the Steregushchy class was noticed," the military said.

This is not the first such case. Earlier, on May 12, in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia, 12 sea miles from the territorial waters of the country Russian ships of the SB-121 and Kashtan class, and six and a half sea miles from the territorial waters - the landing ship of the Ropucha class were noticed. A similar incident occurred on April 28, when a Steregushchiy-class corvette was discovered five nautical miles from the territorial waters of Latvia, as well as a tug of the Gorin class.

A Russian ship "Sevastopol," which belonged to a company from Vladivostok, was arrested in the port of South Korean Busan. The ship stayed for repairs in Busan in the middle of August, Kommersant reports.

On August 22, a representative of the Foreign Ministry of South Korea reported on the possible arrest of the vessel. The South Korean side suspected the vessel of trade with the DPRK banned by the UN Security Council sanctions.

On August 21, the US announced the imposition of its own sanctions on a number of Russian vessels and companies that Washington suspects of trading oil with the DPRK.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has reported that they do not have information about the incident.

The embassy of South Korea said that it takes time to process journalists' requests.

Information about the arrest came in 24 hours after the speech of Sergey Lavrov in the UN Security Council at a special meeting regarding the DPRK, where the Russian Federation called for a softening of the sanctions regime.

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