Russia: Will work with US, EU to stop pirates

MOSCOW Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow will work with the U.S. and European Union to fight pirates.

MOSCOW    Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow will work with the U.S. and European Union to fight pirates. Somali pirates are holding a Ukrainian ship with a cargo of battle tanks and two Russian crew members off the nation’s coast. On Friday, six U.S. warships circled the vessel with clearance from the Somali government to attack it, and a Russian frigate headed toward the standoff. The state-run RIA-Novosti news agency quotes Sergey Lavrov as saying that Russia "aims to prevent pirates from causing mayhem." Lavrov said Russia and other nations will act on the basis of a U.N. resolution that authorized countries to enter Somalia’s territorial waters and use "all necessary means" to stop piracy.  AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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