France seizes Russia-bound ship suspected of violating EU sanctions
The Russian Embassy in France is seeking clarification from the authorities on the seizure of the ship
French maritime police on Saturday seized a ship that officials suspect belonged to a Russian company targeted by EU sanctions over the war in Ukraine, a government official told Reuters.
Captain Véronique Magnin of the French Maritime Prefecture said the cargo ship carrying the cars, which was headed for St Petersburg, was “strongly suspected of having links to Russian interests targeted by the sanctions”.
Magnin said the ship was diverted between 3 and 4 a.m. (0200-0300 GMT) at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France, adding an ongoing investigation by customs officials was being carried out and The crew was the “ally”. ,
French newspaper La Voix du Nord, which first reported the news, said the vessel was a “Baltic Leader”, who – according to the website – marintraffic.com – sailed under a Russian flag.
The vessel is mentioned in a United States Treasury document detailing US sanctions against Russia, which links it to a Russian bank, the Promsvyazbank Public Joint Stock Company (PSB).
“PSB was designated for operations or operations in the defense and related material and financial services sectors
Economy of the Russian Federation, ”said the US Treasury. It was also the target of EU sanctions.
PSB did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
Magnin told Reuters the ship was owned by a Russian businessman who is on the EU sanctioned list.
The Russian embassy in France is seeking clarification from the authorities on the seizure, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the embassy as saying.
Russia’s TASS news agency quoted the Russian embassy as saying that all 19 people on board had been allowed ashore.
European Union countries on Friday agreed to confiscate the European assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister to punish Russia for its attack on Ukraine. An exhaustive list of those approved was made earlier this month.