Russian Navy Has Own Theory on S. Korean Ship Sinking

MOSCOW (Interfax-AVN) — Russian Navy experts have been sent to South Korea to double-check the findings of an international investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan warship, a source from the Russian Navy’s Main Staff told Interfax on Thursday. “The decision to send navy specialists to South Korea was unexpected to us, but it did not take us by surprise. The Main Staff decided to send a group of officers from the international military cooperation department as part of a delegation so as to examine all the circumstances of the incident on the spot,” he said.

The Russian Navy’s Main Staff has followed the events in the Yellow Sea from the very start and has its own theory of the incident, the source said.

He regretted that Russian specialists were not included in an international commission investigating the incident.

“With Russian specialists onboard, the results of the investigation into the incident could have been fuller and more impartial,” he said.

The international investigation probing the sinking of the Cheonan corvette in the Yellow Sea on March 26, concluded that it was attacked by a North Korea torpedo, leaving 46 sailors dead. Pyongyang has denied any involvement and has severed all ties with the South in response to the allegation.

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