Russian Coast Guards in the country's Far East opened fire on a suspected Chinese fishing vessel to stop it from poaching in the Sea of Japan, a spokesman for the Border Guards Service said on Tuesday.
He said the vessel, flying the flag of China, refused to stop on demand from Coast Guards and tried to escape.
"After a three-hour pursuit, the Dzerzhinsky Coast Guard vessel fired warning shots, but the poaching vessel continued its dangerous maneuvers," he said adding that after the warning shots the Coast Guards opened a targeted fire on the vessel.
The vessel carried over 22.5 tons of squid and had a crew 17 Chinese nationals, who failed to produce any document allowing them fishing. None of them were killed or wounded in the shooting, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The Russian Coast Guard service is actively involved in fighting illegal fishing in the country's territorial waters and frequently detains foreign-flagged poaching vessels.
by RTT Staff Writer
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