Monday, September 29, 2008

Tensions rise off Somalia; Russian ship en route

TBILISI, Georgia -- The New York Times has reported that a Russian crew member died on the Ukrainian ship hijacked off Somalia has died.

On Friday, Moscow said the Russian Navy would start anti-piracy patrols off Somalia and one vessel had already been dispatched. The patrols are part of Russia's new foreign policy asserting its right to armed intervention to protect Russian citizens abroad, announced by President Dmitry Medvedev.

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