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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov Denies Missiles on Arctic Sea

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday rejected speculation that the Arctic Sea freighter was carrying S-300 missiles possibly destined for Iran.

Authorities say the cargo was hijacked in the Baltic Sea in late July after leaving a Finnish port. Russian naval vessels intercepted the ship weeks later off Cape Verde, thousands of kilometers from the Algerian port where it was purportedly supposed to deliver a load of timber.

A Russian shipping expert and an EU anti-piracy official have speculated that the vessel was carrying a clandestine cargo, possibly S-300 surface-to-air missiles for Iran or Syria.

But Lavrov said "the presence of S-300s on board the Arctic Sea cargo ship is a complete lie," RIA-Novosti reported.