Putin Pledges Russia Will Ensure Security in Persian Gulf, Atlantic Amid Growing Piracy
13:15 GMT 09.08.2021 (Updated: 14:30 GMT 09.08.2021)
© Sputnik / Aleksey NikolskyiRussian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a military parade in Senate Square on Russian Navy Day, in St. Petersburg, Russia
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The statement follows at least two people dying after the MV Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged tanker, was attacked by unknown assailants off the coast of Oman on 30 July.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that Moscow will ensure security in the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean amid a surge in piracy-related incidents across the globe.
Speaking at a UN Security Council maritime security conference on Monday, the Russian president stressed the necessity of tackling transnational crime.
"Unfortunately, there are also many threats along sea routes. And that is why it is so important that today we are considering substantive, practical issues related to the fight against piracy of the 21st century, meaning to establish a more effective counteraction to transnational crime and prevent the use of seas and oceans for criminal purposes", Putin said.
He underscored that Russia is interested in building productive relations with the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Indian Ocean Commission.
Putin added that Moscow seeks to promote security in the Persian Gulf zone, as well as in the Atlantic, where cases of robbery at sea accompanied by the taking of hostages have become more frequent.
According to the Russian president, "the problem is that it is really difficult for some countries to tackle transnational syndicates of criminals, pirates, and terrorists on their own".
"That is why the question of uniting the power potential of special services and the relevant armed contingents of all interested states under the auspices of the UN comes to the fore", Putin pointed out.
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He signalled Russia's readiness to share its experience in anti-terrorist operations and crime prevention, as well as tracking and neutralisation of gangs, including those in maritime areas.
The president added that the proposed structure could rely on the support of UN member states and that it could actively cooperate with experts, representatives of civil society, scientists, and even business people. "We hope that our partners will constructively consider the Russian proposal", Putin said.
The president additionally reaffirmed Russia's adherence to the common mission of combating maritime crime in all its forms and manifestations.
"We are ready to further promote the development of equal international cooperation on this topic", he concluded.
4 August 2021, 10:42 GMT
The remarks came after a UK Special Forces team was reportedly deployed to Yemen to track down those behind last week's drone attack on a tanker in the Persian Gulf that killed a British security guard.
MV Mercer Street, an Israel-operated tanker, was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea on 30 July, in an incident that claimed the lives of at least two people. Israel immediately put the blame on Iran, which vehemently denied the accusations.