Russia demands release of its ship detained by South Korea
According to media reports, the South Korean authorities banned the Russian cargo ship's exit from the port, where it was docked since mid-August for repairs.
Media have linked the detention to U.S. sanctions on the ship's owner, Vladivostok-based Gudzon shipping company, for alleged violation of sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
On August 21, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Gudzon and its vessels for alleged "ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels." ■