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Medvedev opts for emergency aid to seamen fighting Somali pirates


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has come out for providing emergency aid for the seamen fighting sea pirates off Somalia’s coast.

When addressing the ASEM Asia-Europe summit meeting in the Laotian capital Vientiane earlier today, he said this was one of the key issues to discuss.

Medvedev suggested that the international effort to fight the pirates should comprise military escort of merchantmen, as well as joint efforts to free the seized vessels.

Medvedev also suggested continuing consultations on boosting this kind of cooperation and taking a final decision on the criminal prosecution of pirates, since the international community’s mechanism in question remains nonoperational.





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