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Russia hopes disputes will be settled in compliance with norms of international law

January 23, 2014, 13:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Moscow hopes that the Senegalese partners do not admit that such incidents involving Russian sailors will repeat, Russian Foreign Ministry says

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MOSCOW, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia hopes that the Senegalese authorities will settle disputes in compliance with the norms of international law and the existing agreements between both countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report on the release of the Russian trawler Oleg Naidenov.

“The release of Russian sailors and the trawler became possible due to the joint efforts taken by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Federal Fisheries Agency and the Russian Embassy in Senegal. We’re grateful to all foreign friends, who took part in settling the situation,” the report says.

“Moscow hopes that the Senegalese partners do not admit that such incidents involving Russian sailors will repeat. We also hope that disputes will be settled in compliance with the norms of international law and the agreements reached by the governments of Russia and Senegal in the field of fisheries on February 8, 2011 in the spirit of friendly relations between our countries,” the report says.

Executive director of the ship owner Yuri Parshev told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, January 22, that Russia’s trawler “Oleg Naidenov” is free and will leave Dakar and continue fishing after a pilot arrives to help move the vessel to the sea.

Earlier, a spokesman to the ship owner said the Senegalese authorities had taken a decision to free the trawler on bail and made the decision public on Tuesday, January 21.

Representatives of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency named the sum of one million dollars.

After the trawler leaves the port of Dakar it will go to the waters of Guinea-Bissau for fishing.

The situation on the trawler is working, Parshev said.

The trawler Oleg Naidenov was detained off Guinea Bissau on January 4 for suspected illegal fishing, Lieutenant-Colonel Adama Diop, from the public relations office at the Senegalese Army, said last week.

There were 82 persons aboard the ship — 62 Russians and 20 citizens of Guinea Bissau. The trawler was procuring fish off that African country under an inter-governmental agreement, which requires Russian sailors to take locals aboard for training and work.

The trawler belongs to the closed joint stock company Feniks registered in Murmansk, northern Russia.

Parshev noted that the Senegalese authorities had repeatedly accused Russian ships of breaching fishing rules and imposed fines upon them, including the Oleg Naidenov.

Its owner, senior officials of the Federal Fisheries Agency, the Russian Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Emergencies Ministry and other relevant organizations have been notified about the incident.

The Oleg Naidenov is a large factory trawler, 120 meters long. It was built in Germany in 1989 and received its current name in 2005 in honor of Murmansk’s first mayor.

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