MOSCOW, October 12. In Libya released the second member of the crew of the detained Russian tanker “Mechanic Chebotarev” – sailor Paul Magatin. This was reported in the Russian foreign Ministry.
“The Russian side continues purposeful efforts to rescuing Libya from the Russian seamen – crewmen of the tanker “Mechanic Chebotarev”, who was detained by the authorities in Tripoli September 16, – informed the Russian dipvedomstva. – Thanks to the effective help of the leadership of the Chechen Republic was released and flown to Russia another member of the crew – the watchman Paul Magatin, 1996 year of birth”.
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“Intend to achieve from the Libyan side of the Libya liberation in the remaining ten Russian citizens, leveraging all available opportunities, he continued, the Russian foreign Ministry. – The solution to this problem remains our absolute priority.”
On 9 October at the Ministry of foreign Affairs reported on the release of another member of the crew “Mechanics Chebotaryov” is the ship’s cook of Natalia Klyuchnikova.
On 17 September, the tanker “Mechanic Chebotarev” and 11 crew members were detained in the port of Tripoli by Libyan authorities on charges of oil smuggling from the city of Zwara (120 km West of Tripoli, 60 km from the border with Tunisia). In Libya the ship arrived from Rostov-on-don.
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.