Five Russian sailors, crew members detained in Libya ship “Merle”, released and returned home. About it journalists were told by the special envoy of the Russian President for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, reports TASS.
As previously reported by the Ministry of foreign Affairs, all on Board a detained vessel was the seven Russian sailors.
About the detention of the cargo ship “Merle”, which belongs to the St. Petersburg firm MT Group, the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova said on March 10. According to her, the incident occurred on March 5. The arrest was made on coast guard Western Libyan city of Zawiya in the coastal waters of the country. The vessel was escorted to the port of Tripoli. As written, the edition Libya Observe, it was headed to the Libyan port of Zuwara to deliver the scrap metal from Turkey. The newspaper also noted that trade in this material is illegal in Libya. Seven crew members were arrested on Board the vessel.
On 22 April the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov met in Moscow with the “political and military delegation of Libya”, headed by Abdulhamid al-Dabibi, to discuss the future of detained Russian sailors of the cargo ship “Merle”. He also noted that up to this point the authorities of Libya have not been given “a clear answer” about the reasons of detention of the Russians.
“I received assurances that they will undertake all steps to solve this problem. <…> The measures will be comprehensive in nature,” Kadyrov described the outcome of the negotiations. According to the head of Chechnya, he of foreign Affairs of Russia “participated in them [sailors] release”.
In 2015, Kadyrov spoke about his role in the release of crew detained in Libya tanker “Mechanic Chebotarev”.