WASHINGTON: According to sources, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper that the persons who are suspected pirates who boarded the cargo ship "Arctic Sea" In fact, members of the Israeli intelligence (Mossad) were trying to prevent the ship from the transfer of weapons to Iran.
The ship had disappeared more than three weeks of monitoring off the west coast of Africa and the Russian forces to free the crew of 15 sailors Russia on Monday, near the Cape Verde.
The media reported that Russia may have been the ship "Arctic Sea" cruise missile X-55 illegally hidden among a load of sawdust.
The newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" that the men acting on behalf of the Israeli Mossad seized the ship, adding that the sudden visit to Israeli President Shimon Peres traveled to Moscow in 18 of the month following the day to locate the "Arctic" He's been to contain the situation.
He said Assad, according to the newspaper, during the visit Moscow for not supplying arms to Iran or missile defense systems.
Russian authorities deny that the ship was smuggling weapons
The Russian authorities had earlier denied speculation that the cargo ship Arctic Sea, which lost about three weeks ago was smuggling weapons.
He said the Russian ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Dmitry Rogozin said the allegations by some military experts that there were cruise missiles bound for Iran hidden under a cargo ship from sawdust are allegations of "fake" and "ridiculous."
Rogozin added that the deployment of Russia's fleet in the Black Sea at great cost to free the hijacked ship was for the Russian sailors, not the arms shipment assumed.
In the developments, and on Friday, Russian authorities have been formally charged eight people on charges of kidnapping the cargo ship "Arctic Sea".
According to the Russian Interfax news agency reported that Russian investigators charged eight men kidnapped the Russian sailors who were on board the ship in addition to piracy.
The report said that the list of defendants includes Lithuanians, Russians and three people without identity, and contrary to previous reports from each list included Spain, is currently being investigated on the nationality of two other suspicions revolve around nationality.