The sales of oil or oil products from Russia, the world’s second-biggest oil exporter and a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, breach UN sanctions, the sources said. “Russian vessels have made ship-to-ship transfers of petrochemicals to North Korean vessels on several occasions this year, in breach of sanctions,” said the first source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The sources said the Russian-flagged tanker Vityaz was one vessel that had transferred fuel to North Korean vessels. The Vityaz left the port of Slavyanka near Vladivostok, Russia, on Oct. 15 with 1,600 tonnes of oil, Russian port control documents showed. The owner of the Russian vessel denied any contact with North Korean vessels, but also said it was unaware that the vessel was fueling fishing boats.
Source: Taipei Times December 30, 2017 16:13 UTC