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N Korea Yet to Provide Any Explanation Over Detained Russian Yacht

Sputnik News

12:37 14.05.2016(updated 13:04 14.05.2016)

Moscow is still waiting for explanations from Pyongyang for the reasons why a yacht with Russian athletes on board was detained by the North Korean Coast Guard, a Russian embassy media spokesman told RIA Novosti.

"The Korean side has not yet given us any clear-cut explanations for the incident, but they have promised to provide them shortly. The embassy wants to know why the yacht was detained and demands its immediate release," Denis Samsonov told RIA by telephone from Pyongyang.

He added that pertinent requests had earlier been sent to the North Korean Foreign and Defense Ministries.

The Russian Consul General has been instructed to go to the port city of Kimchaek where the Elfin yacht with five athletes from Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky Territory arrived earlier in the day.

"The crew is alive and well. We are still expecting the reasons for the detention from North Korea," Igor Agafonov, the acting representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Vladivostok, told RIA.

The yacht was on the way from the South Korean port of Pusan to Vladivostok when it was detained by a North Korean coastguard boat in the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is looking into the incident.


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