Ministry of Foreign Affairs: On the vessel Ariana there is a sufficient stock of food and medicines

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On the vessel Ariana there is a sufficient stock of food and medicines. I reported about it today on a press - conferences the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UkraineValery Dzhigun, the correspondent of RBC - Ukraine reports.

He reported that negotiations with pirates are conducted by the Greek company - the operator of court. He noted that representatives of the Ukrainian party can't still contact crew members. "At this stage everything is reduced to dialogue with the Greek company - the operator", - the speaker noted. AlsoV. DzhigunI noted that in the Ukrainian ministry it isn't known about a state of health of crew members. He emphasized, according to the company - the operator on a vessel there is enough of food, drinking water and medicines.

"Capture of this vessel and all circumstances specify that there came time of more active actions from Ukraine. And therefore the program of fight against a piracy in respect of safety of seamen of vessels with the Ukrainian flag or those vessels where the majority of crew members are citizens of Ukraine is developed. Soon this program will be presented, it is studied. The question of capture of a vessel is on control the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassies of Ukraine in Greece and Great Britain, and we trace a situation", - reported a press - the secretary.

Also he added that negotiations on release of a vessel take place very difficult. According to him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs took this business under special control. Besides, a press - the secretary added that the program of fight against a piracy is at the moment finished, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also other public institutions which can help with safety of the Ukrainian seaman and vessels will take part in it.

We will remind, the Ariana bulk ship which went under the flag of Malta and transported 35 thousand tons of soy from Brazil to Iran, was captured by pirates on the night of May 2, 2009. Ariana the Tandela Shiping company registered on Malta owns. The vessel is in management at the Greek company Alloceans Shipping Cо. Ltd. In captivity pirates have a crew as a part of 24 Ukrainians - inhabitants of the Odessa and Nikolaev areas.

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