Lithuania says Russia has detained one of its fishing vessels
Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told reporters on September 19 that the ship, called “Juros Vilkas” (Sea Wolf), was detained for entering Russia’s territorial waters but that the detention itself took place in international waters.
The crew consists of 28 people, including three Lithuanian citizens. The nationalities of the other crew members remain unknown.
Linkevicius said he had summoned the Russian ambassador to Vilnius for explanations, adding that a diplomatic note over the incident will be sent to Russia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania calls on the Russian Federation to consistently comply with provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which Russia has acceded, and to immediately release the vessel and its crew.
Russian media reports said the vessel was detained on September 17 and towed to Russia’s Murmansk Port on September 19.