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Georgia aims at the Russian dry cargo ship2012-03-19 16:08
Russian cargo ship Pur-Navolok was arrested today by the Coast Guard of the Border Police of Georgia. As reported by the Border police, the detention, official cause of which was "breaking the rules of navigation", occurred in the territorial waters near the village of Sarpi on the border with Turkey. Then the arrested ship was towed to the port city of Batumi.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Crew members are not arrested and have the right of free movement. All 10 seamen, the citizens of Russia, are on board at the moment.
"A preliminary investigation in respect of cargo ship captain, a Russian citizen Yuri Danilov, is being carried out ", the border guards noted. Details of the incident are being investigated, the Vesti.ru reported.
The consular service of the section of Russia's interests in the Swiss embassy in Georgia has not commented on the arrest. In an interview to NewsGeorgia, an employee of the section of Russian interests offered to contact on this matter with the Foreign Ministry. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, has not yet made the comments to the press.
Foreign ships have often been detained on charges of violating navigation rules along the coast of Georgia (even sailing into the Abkhazian ports). As a rule, the court releases the ships after paying a fine. In some cases, they are confiscated and auctioned off, Lenta.ru reported.