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Mon, 13 Oct, 2014 12:24:20 AM
FTimes - STT Report, Oct. 13
Maritime vessel Aranda docked at Helsinki West Harbour on Sunday 12 October 2014. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Russia should be asked to clarify the report on Russian navy interference with the maritime Research vessel Aranda.
Speaking during the Prime Minister's monthly radio interview with Radio Suomi on Saturday, Stubb said he is in agreement with the stand taken by the Defence Minister Carl Haglund on the issue.
According to a report run by the national broadcaster YLE on Saturday, Haglund said he will demand a full report on the Russian interference of the research vessel.
Stubb termed the incident unpleasant especially on the side of the research vessel crew. The premier stressed the events which took place on the sea should be clarified.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said seriousness of the maritime vessel disturbance will be assessed on Monday after the ministry has been furnished with further details on the events from the Finnish Environment Institute- SYKE.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in parliament on 23 September 2014. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Peter Stenlund, the Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs said conclusions will be reached after receiving detailed information from SYKE.
Stenlund remarked that it is too early to take a position on whether contact with Russian should be made before an accurate picture of the incidents has been established.
The Russian navy on two occasions interfered with maritime research vessel Aranda in the international waters, confirmed SYKE on Saturday.
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