Info on Russian tanker's seizure by Libyan military forces being verified

Russia's Embassy in Libya is verifying reports that Libyan military forces have seized a Russian-flagged oil tanker.

Russia's Embassy in Libya is verifying reports that Libyan military forces have seized a Russian-flagged oil tanker.

"We have received such information. We are now verifying it. However, this will take time," Russian Ambassador to Libya Ivan Molotkov told Interfax over the phone on Sept.17.

Media reported earlier that a Russian-flagged oil tanker had been captured by Libyan military forces.

Twafik Alskir, a senior official with Tripoli-allied naval forces said 11 Russian crew had been detained. Alskir said the tanker and crew had been taken to Tripoli port. 

"A Russian-flagged oil tanker was captured this afternoon when it tried to smuggle oil off Zawara," Alskir said. Further details were not immediately available.

There was no immediate comment from the internationally recognized government.

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