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Shipping company with sanctions-hit vessel is working in Russia only

Alisa Shipping Company, with one of its vessels subjected to US sanctions, is not working in foreign seaports for more than five years, a company’s spokesperson told TASS on Monday.

US authorities earlier put the Russian vessels Vityaz and Tantal on the list of entities that could have participated in the oil and oil products transfer at sea with North Korea’s tankers. However, they did not report any information that would prove that the two above-named Russian vessels indeed transferred fuel to North Korea’s tankers at sea or took oil products from them on board.

"We are absolutely not afraid of any suspicions related to this list. The point is that our vessels do not work overseas at all; we are operating in Far Eastern ports only. We have not breached any Russian laws," the spokesperson said.

The company’s vessel called a foreign port last time in 2013, he added.

The US authorities also marked Vladivostok and Nakhodka on the schematic maps attached to the new statement as ports of destination which the given vessels entered before or after the alleged oil transfer at sea with North Korea’s tankers. This part contains no supporting information either.

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