In the Crimea said that the seizure of the «Nord» was a planned operation from the outside

© RIA Novosti / Vladislav Sergiomats with the sailors of the Nord leaving the checkpoint Armyansk. Archival photoIn the Crimea said that the seizure of the «Nord» was a planned operation from the outside© RIA Novosti / Vladislav Sergienko

The crew of the seiner «Nord», held in Ukraine since March this year, has become hostage to externally imposed operations, said RIA Novosti Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government, the permanent representative of the Republic under the President of Russia Georgy Muradov.

Seven members of the crew of the Russian vessel «Nord» on Tuesday, on the border of Crimea and Ukraine were exchanged for the seven Ukrainian sailors, reported press Secretary of the Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova. According to the Ombudsman for human rights in Crimea Lyudmila Lubenau, the exchange was attended by sailors from two Ukrainian ships.

«The crew of the ship «Nord» was released as a result of very long and complex procedures. All actions taken by the Ukrainian nationalist government, the Kiev regime, against the vessel «Nord», only complicated relations between the two countries and the situation in the Azov sea. Crimeans have become hostages of inspired action that was done intentionally, probably on orders to escalate tensions and create problems in relations with Russia. I think that this action was inspired and orchestrated, and not in Kiev», — Muradov said the Agency.

Ukrainian border guards detained on March 25 Crimean ship «Nord» under the flag of Russia in the Azov sea with 10 crew members. All of them are citizens of Russia, but Kiev considered them to be Ukrainian citizens. Two members of the crew managed to return to the Crimea via Belarus, seven was removed from the flight to Minsk. The captain was accused of committing criminal offences under articles «Illegal fish, animal or other water extracting trade» and «violation of the procedure of entry in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it with the purpose of causing harm to the interests of the state.»

The owner stated that the ship is detained unlawfully, and the actions of border guards threat to the lives of crew members. Management of FSB of the Crimea opened a criminal case under article 211 of the criminal code «hijacking an aircraft, sea vessel or railway rolling stock».

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