Moscow urges India to help resolve seizure of Russian cargo vessel

Russia has called on India to facilitate the settlement of a dispute which led to the detention of the Russia cargo vessel 'Sevastopol' last week in the port of Mumbai.

Russia has called on India to facilitate the settlement of a dispute which led to the detention of the Russia cargo vessel 'Sevastopol' last week in the port of Mumbai.

The Indian Coast Guard detained the Russian cargo vessel MV Sevastopol, belonging to the Vladivostok-based Gudzon Shipping Company, as it left the port of Mumbai last week. According to its captain, the vessel is currently anchored in neutral waters 14 miles from the shore.

Local authorities refer to an order by the Madras High Court, which says that Sevastopol and its cargo were allegedly arrested over a commercial dispute between the Russian ship-owner and its Indian counterpart,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.

The Russian Embassy in New Delhi and the general consulates in Mumbai and Chennai are actively working to clear up the circumstances of the case and reduce tensions. We urge our Indian partners to resolve the matter as soon as possible, the ministry added.

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