Russia proposes to create under the aegis of the United Nations an international and independent mechanism that would be in charge of fighting against maritime piracy, declared the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasili Nebenzia.
The diplomat made this proposal during open debates on the piracy of the sea held at the UN Security Council.
In his opinion, the creation of such a structure would facilitate the elaboration of measures to face new challenges and threats at sea.
The ambassador commented that Russia is very concerned about the recent cases of assaults on merchant ships and kidnappings of its crews.
In early January, pirates stormed the freighter MSC Mandy – with a Panama flag – with 24 crew on board, including 23 Russians and one Ukrainian, while drifting 20 miles off the port of Cotonou (in Benin), in the Gulf of Guinea.
The assailants captured six Russian sailors, including the ship’s captain.
Last week, the Russian sailors captured by the pirates returned home .