Embassy of Benin confirmed the capture by pirates of a vessel with Russians
Embassy of Benin in Russia has officially confirmed the fact of capture of a vessel off the coast of Africa, on Board of which are the Russians. It is reported TASS with reference to the Ambassador of the African state in Russia Anisette Gabriel Kochofa.
“The ship was captured by pirates, but beyond the territorial waters of Benin. On the ship are citizens of Ukraine and Russia”, — said the Ambassador.
According to the diplomat, on Board of the ship can be up to four Russians. They will all be released as soon as the vehicle gets into the territorial waters of Benin. “Then we will be able to communicate with the crew and find out what happened actually. While it is known that the ship was sailing from Ghana to Benin direction. Requirements of pirates we don’t know yet,” said the Ambassador.
Earlier official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told about the capture of the November 29 Benin near the vessel with the Russians. According to the Russian side, on its Board there were 18 Russians and two citizens of Ukraine.