The Russian foreign Ministry: Libya liberated member of the crew of the detained Russian tanker


MOSCOW, October 9. In Libya freed one of the detained crew members off the coast of Libya Russian tanker “Mechanic Chebotarev” is a ship’s cook Natalia klyuchnikova. This was reported in the Russian foreign Ministry.

In depodesta stressed that immediately after the detention of the tanker by the Russian side through different channels, “started to take all the necessary measures for the speedy release of crew members”.

“October 8, thanks to his energetic efforts was freed and taken to Algeria ship’s chef Natalia klyuchnikova, – have informed in depodesta. – In the near future, it will be sent to Russia.”

“Working for a rescue in Libya, the remaining members of the crew of the tanker continues”, – stressed in the Ministry.

As was arrested tanker

Earlier the Russian foreign Ministry said that the tanker was detained in mid-September, 17 miles from the Libyan coast, i.e. outside the territorial waters of Libya, a military ship under the flag of this North African country.

The crew consists of 12 people – all citizens of Russia. The owner of the vessel is Russian company “Oil Marine Group” from St. Petersburg.

According to the shipowner, the vessel was without cargo; the crew of the confiscated documents and cell phones, seized the ship documentation.

The Russian foreign Ministry also stressed that they considered “the seizure of the ship and its crew are illegal and require from the authorities in Tripoli for their immediate and unconditional release”.

The situation in Libya

After the outbreak of popular unrest in Libya in February 2011 and the subsequent war that led to the overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the country was split into two opposing camps – those who sit in Tripoli Pro-Islamists government in the face of Pro-Islamists of the General national Congress (GNC, the former interim Parliament) and legitimate from the point of view of the world community, the government and the House of representatives (PP – permanent Parliament) in the East.

Despite active mediation of the international community, including the UN Mission for support in Libya, the conflicting parties cannot agree on a political settlement.

Previously between them often and any disputes regarding the extraction and export of hydrocarbons.