A tanker with a crew of Russian, Ukrainian and Greek members was detained off the Libyan coast on June 28, both the vessel and the sailors are currently in Tripoli, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"According to the information we are receiving, on June 28 the coastal guard of the western Libyan town of Zawiya detained the Temeron tanker sailing under the flag of Belize (a Central American state), which was carrying petrol. According to the information we obtained, among the vessel's crew are five Russians, as well as Ukrainian and Greek citizens. The tanker was convoyed to the military port of Tripoli. All sailors are there at present," the statement said.
"The staff of the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, who are temporarily based in Tunisia, are urgently clarifying the incident," the ministry said.
"What is deeply regretful is the fact that this incident occurred despite regular reminders by the Russian Foreign Ministry (the last one was at the June 23 briefing by the ministry spokesperson.) about Russian citizens and organizations facing security threats and other risks existing in Libya as a consequence of the complex military-political situation in that country," the ministry said in the statement, which was posted on its website.
"In view of this, we once again draw attention to our invariable strong recommendations to Russian Federation citizens to refrain from visiting Libya, and to Russian organizations, from sending their employees on business there," the statement said.
It is particularly "important to make it as plain and clear as possible to Russian operators of international air, maritime and road transport, as well as Russian members of Russian and foreign aircraft and ship crews that it is necessary to refrain from visiting Libya for safety reasons until the situation in that country normalizes," the ministry said.
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