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Russia: Greenpeace claims about seized ship "perplexing, outrageous"02:35

Russia: Greenpeace claims about seized ship "perplexing, outrageous"

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 8, 2014 at 12:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Greenpeace claims about seized ship "perplexing, outrageous"

Speaking on Wednesday, Spokesman of Russia's Fishing Agency, Alexander Savelyev, called statements from Greenpeace in regards to the Russian vessel that was seized in Senegalese waters on January 4, both perplexing and outrageous.

Speaking from Moscow, he said:"In the absence of any official statements by Senegalese authorities, and of any data from tracking devices confirming the trawler's route and activities, the claims made by the ill-named organization Greenpeace come across as perplexing, not to say outrageous. Besides, I would like to note that many experts and observers link the latest statements by Greenpeace, and the very seizure of the Russian trawler, to the recent arrest of MV Arctic Sunrise. I would like to remind you that MV Arctic Sunrise was the ship that Greenpeace employed in its actions against the very same trawler, Oleg Naidyonov, a little over a year ago. Back then, we provided documented proof that the trawler had committed no trespassing. You see, in order to confirm that, all you need to do is look up the ship's logbook that is kept at the captain's bridge. In addition, there are technical means for tracking ship movement. Behind me, you see the building of the Fisheries Monitoring and Communications Center, which tracks the movement of Russian fishing vessels across the globe. We can locate a ship with absolute accuracy at any given moment, trace its recent whereabouts and its movements. So when we see the Greens falling over themselves [to indict the Russian trawler], we find it outright bewildering. Moreover, we also find bewildering the recent statement by Senegal's Fisheries Minister, who happens to be the leader of Senegal's Green Party. Not long ago, he used to be an activist with Greenpeace. This is where we actually see a connection between the seizure of the Russian trawler (which was an unprecedented and brutal military crackdown), including its ongoing unaccounted detention at Dakar's naval base, and the operations of Greenpeace."

International environmental organisation, Greenpeace, has voiced its support for the government of Senegal. On its website Greenpeace also called on the country's President to stand firm on his commitment to stop illegal fishing.

Moscow says it's preparing to file several legal claims to a court in Senegal over the detention of a Russian fishing trawler. Talks between officials from both sides have been postponed. There were 62 Russians and 20 citizens of Guinea-Bissau aboard the vessel. If convicted, the ship could face a fine of around €600,000 (approximately $816100).

Russia: Greenpeace claims about seized ship "perplexing, outrageous"02:35
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Russia: Greenpeace claims about seized ship "perplexing, outrageous"

Speaking on Wednesday, Spokesman of Russia's Fishing Agency, Alexander Savelyev, called statements from Greenpeace in regards to the Russian vessel that was seized in Senegalese waters on January 4, both perplexing and outrageous.

Speaking from Moscow, he said:"In the absence of any official statements by Senegalese authorities, and of any data from tracking devices confirming the trawler's route and activities, the claims made by the ill-named organization Greenpeace come across as perplexing, not to say outrageous. Besides, I would like to note that many experts and observers link the latest statements by Greenpeace, and the very seizure of the Russian trawler, to the recent arrest of MV Arctic Sunrise. I would like to remind you that MV Arctic Sunrise was the ship that Greenpeace employed in its actions against the very same trawler, Oleg Naidyonov, a little over a year ago. Back then, we provided documented proof that the trawler had committed no trespassing. You see, in order to confirm that, all you need to do is look up the ship's logbook that is kept at the captain's bridge. In addition, there are technical means for tracking ship movement. Behind me, you see the building of the Fisheries Monitoring and Communications Center, which tracks the movement of Russian fishing vessels across the globe. We can locate a ship with absolute accuracy at any given moment, trace its recent whereabouts and its movements. So when we see the Greens falling over themselves [to indict the Russian trawler], we find it outright bewildering. Moreover, we also find bewildering the recent statement by Senegal's Fisheries Minister, who happens to be the leader of Senegal's Green Party. Not long ago, he used to be an activist with Greenpeace. This is where we actually see a connection between the seizure of the Russian trawler (which was an unprecedented and brutal military crackdown), including its ongoing unaccounted detention at Dakar's naval base, and the operations of Greenpeace."

International environmental organisation, Greenpeace, has voiced its support for the government of Senegal. On its website Greenpeace also called on the country's President to stand firm on his commitment to stop illegal fishing.

Moscow says it's preparing to file several legal claims to a court in Senegal over the detention of a Russian fishing trawler. Talks between officials from both sides have been postponed. There were 62 Russians and 20 citizens of Guinea-Bissau aboard the vessel. If convicted, the ship could face a fine of around €600,000 (approximately $816100).

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