Russia will monitor the situation around the tanker Nika Spirit arrested in Ukraine, but it is up to the owner of the vessel to challenge the decision of the Ukrainian authorities, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Tuesday.

“For us, the most important thing was to free the people. The sailors, our citizens, returned home long ago. The ship is privately owned, therefore, the court will decide everything. Of course, we will closely follow the situation, but this is less dramatic,” Karasin said in an interview with Russia’s Kommersant FM radio.

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