Russia to send team to probe sinking of South Korean ship

16:40, May 27, 2010      

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At the request of South Korea, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev decided to send an expert team to investigate evidence involving the Cheonan incident, wherein a South Korean ship was mysteriously sunk, on May 26, 2010.

Medvedev made an announcement on his official Web site that it is essential to make clear the actual causes behind the Cheonan incident and thoroughly ascertain which party should be held responsible. If reliable evidence is found, the international community should take necessary and proper measures against the responsible party, he said.

Medvedev said that each party should exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions and to maintain peace, security and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the entire region. He added that Russia will continue close cooperation with related countries on the issue.

On the evening of March 26, Cheonan, a South Korean naval guard vessel, exploded and sunk off the western coast of the South Korea. Only 58 of the 104 soldiers on the ship survived the incident. According to official investigation results released by a team composed of South Korean military and non-governmental personnel on May 20, the Cheonan incident was caused by a torpedo attack launched by a small submarine from North Korea.

A spokesperson from the National Defense Commission of North Korea announced the same day that the investigation results of South Korea were completely fabricated and the country would send its own inspection team to South Korea in order to verify relevant evidence.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on May 20 that Russia had not secured sufficient evidence to determine who was behind the Cheonan incident.

By People's Daily Online


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