Negotiations on release of Russian sailors in Nigeria have resumed

The Russian crew of the MV Myre Seadiver detained in Nigeria is all right and says Nigerian law enforcers are treating them normally.

"We are all right. We have food and water; we stay aboard the ship and we are treated normally. Nigerian law enforcers have not tried to embark the ship again," a sailor told Interfax by phone on Monday.

The Moral Security Group, the ship operator, said that negotiations on the release of the ship were suspended in the period of Nigeria's celebrations of Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayrami).

"There had been holidays in Nigeria, so the situation was unchanged. Active negotiations resumed on Monday," a company source told Interfax.

The ship manned by 15 Russians was detained in the Lagos port on Oct. 19. The Nigerian media said the ship was carrying 14 AK-47 submachine guns, 42 rifles and more than 8,500 pieces of ammunition. The ship is now anchored at a Nigerian naval base.

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