Embassy of Benin confirmed the fact of capture of a vessel with Russians

The Ambassador of Benin in Moscow Anicet Gabriel Kochofa confirmed the seizure of a ship with Russians on Board. He told this in an interview with TASS on Wednesday, November 30.

“The ship was captured by pirates, but beyond the territorial waters of Benin. It are citizens of Ukraine and Russia. According to various estimates, on Board of the ship can be up to four Russians”, — said the head of the diplomatic mission.

Kochofa said that the Russians will be released when the ship gets into the territorial waters of Benin. “Then we will be able to communicate with the crew and find out what has happened”, he added.

The Ambassador stressed that it is only known that the ship was from Ghana. “The demands of the pirates we don’t know yet,” said he.

Earlier on 30 November, the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova at the briefing said that on November 29, allegedly was captured Greek ship under the Panamanian flag with 18 Russians and two citizens of Ukraine on Board. The foreign Ministry promised “not just to monitor the situation and keep her in control.”