The Foreign Ministry of Russia stated it summoned the Ambassador of South Korea in Moscow to demand that Seoul let a Russian shipping vessel leave the Busan port immediately, as Radio Liberty reports.
“The vessel, the Sevastopol, is being "illegally" held in Busan, the ministry said on October 1, without saying what had served as the reason for the alleged detention,” the news agency reads.
The Russian side demanded the South Korean “maritime authorities” ban on vessels leaving the port be canceled.
"We expect that relations between Russia and South Korea will continue to develop successfully," South Korean Ambassador Woo Yoon-keun told journalists.
According to the Russian media, Sevastopol and its crew on 14 Russians docked at Busan in mid-August for repairs.
“A vessel named Sevastopol was one of six Russian-flagged ships targeted by U.S. sanctions in August for allegedly helping North Korea evade United Nations sanctions,” the message says.
Russia in its turn denied the U.S. allegations.