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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Oil-Spill Probe Set

MOSCOW -- Moscow has agreed to the creation of a joint Russia-Japanese commission to find out what led the Russian tanker Nakhodka to sink causing widespread pollution off the Japanese coast, Itar-Tass said Friday.

Transport Minister Nikolai Tsakh had agreed to a request from Tokyo for cooperation in investigating the sinking Jan. 2 and offered his direct participation if the Japanese side sent officials of "corresponding rank," the agency reported

He thanked the Japanese side for rescuing the Nakhodka team and expressed his regrets about the pollution caused by the shipwreck. The loss of the Nakhodka caused some of the worst pollution ever seen off the Japanese coast and affected important fishing areas.