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26 February 2013, 09:38

Moscow welcomes 15 Russian sailors released in Nigeria

Moscow welcomes 15 Russian sailors released in Nigeria

The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the release of 15 Russian sailors from pre-trial detention in Nigeria as a positive development in a controversial arms-smuggling case. The sailors, who have pleaded not guilty, are not allowed to leave Nigeria and will stay on the premises of the Russian embassy during further investigation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the release of 15 Russian sailors from pre-trial detention in Nigeria as a positive development in a controversial arms-smuggling case. The sailors, who have pleaded not guilty, are not allowed to leave Nigeria and will stay on the premises of the Russian embassy during further investigation. "It is the first positive turn in developments surrounding the Russian sailors, as the Nigerian side has earlier promised that the sailors would be given a chance to return to their homeland” - the ministry said in a statement, referring to a December 21 phone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Nigeria counterpart, Olugbenga Ashiru.

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