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Russian MFA ‘investigates’ detention of Russian tanker by Ukraine’s SBU

On July 25, Ukrainian Security Service detained Russian tanker Nika spirit which blocked Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait
17:45, 25 July 2019

Russian NEYMA tanker, renamed to NIKA SPIRIT
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Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Moscow was “investigating the circumstances” of the detention of Russian tanker by Ukraine to “take adequate measures.” This was reported by Interfax agency.

“We are investigating the circumstances to take adequate measures. If we are talking about taking Russians hostage, it will be qualified as severe violation of international law and the consequences will follow immediately,” Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

As it was reported earlier, official receiver of ‘Volga–Don ship's agency’ (Volgograd) Andrey Medvedev reported that the detained tanker belongs to the company registered in Krasnodar Krai.

“Tanker Neyma was sold by ‘Volga–Don ship's agency,’ and its new owner is Altomar Shipping (Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai) registered its ownership rights,” Medvedev said.

Related: Kerch Strait incident: Ukraine wins court ruling against Russia

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) and Military Prosecutor’s Office detained Russian tanker which blocked Ukrainian Nikopol, Berdyansk and Yanu Kapu in Kerch Strait last autumn.

On July 24, NIKA SPIRIT tanker entered Ismail port under the Russian flag. It has been already identified as known tanker NEYMA which was used to block Kerch Strait.

Related: No further attempts of Ukrainian military vessels to cross Kerch Strait – General Staff’s Head

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