The detained fishermen had been offered freedom in exchange for recognition of themselves Ukrainians

MOSCOW, 3 APR — RIA Novosti. Ukrainian border guards who arrested the ship “Nord” Crimean named after, has promised to release the detainees if they will provide Ukrainian passport. In an interview with RT told the captain of a vessel Vladimir Gorbina.

“They (representatives of the border guard service — ed.) said that if we accept ourselves as the citizens of Ukraine, the issue will be resolved quickly and let us go. The refusal of the Russian citizenship if this were not to write. Said that our relatives have to bring from home our Ukrainian passports. All members of the team refused,” — said Garbine.

According to him, border guards refer to the recently adopted Ukrainian law on temporarily occupied territories, according to which Kiev says is invalid issued in the Crimea documents. “Besides passports were deemed invalid and all the shipping documents. Only that the Russian flag down not ordered — he still raised,” — said the captain of the ship.

However, he noted that the Russian Consul has been denied access to the crew under the pretext of lack on the ship of Russian citizens.

Earlier it was reported that the fishing vessel “Nord” under Russian flag detained in the Ukrainian part of the territorial waters of the Azov sea on March 25. On Board were ten crew members. All of them were carrying Russian passports issued in Kerch.

The ship with the team was escorted to the port of Berdyansk. The crew members made up of administrative protocols, they are forbidden to leave the Board. “Nord” was seized.

The Crimean Department of the FSB opened a criminal case about the hijacking of the Russian vessel.