October 1, 2008

Neustrashimy Won’t Rush to Fight Pirates in Somalia – Navy

MOSCOW. Oct 1 (Interfax) - The Russian Navy will not be using force against the pirates that have hijacked the Ukrainian ship Faina off the coast of Somalia so far.

"Some media reports quoting unnamed sources have assumed that the missile frigate Neustrashimy crossing the Atlantic in the direction of the Mediterranean and from there to Aden Bay immediately after arrival in the area of Somalia will enter combat with the pirates who have seized the ship Faina sailing under the flag of Belize," Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo told Interfax on Wednesday.

He said the claims are provocative and may harm the talks on the release of the captured crew and threatened the lives of the people kept by the pirates.

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