Russian warship moves toward Arctic Sea

16th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Russian warship on Saturday appeared to move toward the area where a Russian-crewed cargo vessel that disappeared last month was spotted the day before, France's navy information service said.

Paris - A Russian warship on Saturday appeared to move toward the area where a Russian-crewed cargo vessel that disappeared last month was spotted the day before, France's navy information service said.

"A small Russian frigate that was located in the Mediterranean is currently headed toward the south, probably to meet up with the Arctic Sea," said French Captain Jerome Baroe.

The Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea vanished two weeks ago, but officials in France and Cape Verde said Friday it had been spotted off the archipelago. Russia has not confirmed the sighting.

France's navy information service said "the most likely scenario" was that the ship remained in the area on Saturday.

The Arctic Sea dropped off the radar after passing through the English Channel last month. It had been due to arrive in Algeria on 4 August with a cargo of sawn timber worth more than EUR 1 million (USD 1.42 million).

A European Union spokesman has said it appeared the ship had been attacked twice.

AFP / Expatica

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