Forgot password?
submarines shipbuilding Black Sea Fleet exercise Pacific Fleet Russian Navy Northern Fleet strategy cooperation Ukraine visits Russia piracy missiles trials Sevastopol history Sevmash presence contracts drills Baltic Fleet industry incident anti-piracy shipyards Gulf of Aden frigate training Somalia India developments reforms opinion Borei procurements policy Russia - India aircraft carrier Crimea arms exports USA St. Petersburg France tests financing Bulava Yury Dolgoruky US Navy Serdiukov cruise Mediterranean Zvezdochka NATO innovations United Shipbuilding Corporation Indian Navy Medvedev Arctic agreements commission Admiralteyskie Verfi Admiral Gorshkov Vladivostok Mistral accident hijacking corvettes overhaul Admiral Kuznetsov anniversary Russia - France Vysotsky Rosoboronexport ceremony event Yantar Severomorsk negotiations defense order conflict aircraft China deployment naval aviation investigations Black Sea Putin Varyag coast guard Novorossiysk Vikramaditya landing craft crime Far East marines Severnaya Verf meeting scandals memorials traditions Syria statistics Japan escort South Korea Yasen Neustrashimy tenders Marshal Shaposhnikov Admiral Chabanenko convoys Ukrainian Navy problems Severodvinsk Chirkov reinforcement tension firings tragedy technology Baltic Sea search and rescue Almaz Moskva frontier service Caspian Flotilla provocation hostages upgrade court Dmitry Donskoy keel laying rumors Turkey World War II death shipwreck Admiral Panteleyev Atalanta Petr Veliky helicopters Kilo class Kaliningrad Admiral Vinogradov Norway Rubin delivery launching patrols
Our friends russian navy weapons world sailing ships
Tell a friend Print version

Somalia wants more Russian warships to fight piracy

19.11.2008 Source: en.rian.ru

Somalia would like to see more Russian warships helping the country fight piracy off its coast, the country's ambassador to Moscow said on Wednesday.

In October, Russia sent the Neustrashimy (Fearless) missile frigate from the Northern Fleet to Somalia's coast to protect Russian vessels in the country's waters, where pirates frequently capture ships for ransom.

The Russian ship entered Somali territorial waters "with prior consent of the Somali government... We would like to see not only the Neustrashimy, but also other warships," Mohamed Handule said in an interview with Russia's Vesti television.

"The presence of the Russian Navy as a strategic partner is beneficial for us. We also understand Russia's ambitions - to reestablish its strategic positions in the world," he said.

On November 16, the Russian frigate prevented the seizure of a foreign vessel flying the Saudi flag in the Gulf of Aden.

Somali pirates have attacked over 90 ships so far this year, resulting in the seizure of 33 vessels and capture of 200 sailors for ransom purposes. The East African nation has been without a functioning government since 1991 and has no navy to police its coastline.

NATO and the EU have recently announced plans to increase their naval presence in the Gulf of Aden. About 20,000 vessels pass through the region annually.

In early June, the UN Security Council passed a resolution permitting countries to enter Somalia's territorial waters to combat "acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea."

International concern over shipping safety in the region has risen since a huge tanker carrying up to 2 million barrels of Saudi oil was seized on Saturday. Late on Tuesday, an Indian warship opened fire on a pirate vessel, causing it to burst into flames and sink.

French Defense Minister Herve Morin announced on Wednesday that the EU and NATO will launch on December 8 a joint naval operation, dubbed Atalanta, against piracy near the Somali coast. The operation could involve up to 10 warships.

Back to the list

Back to news list