According to local news, Albanian police in the coastal town of Durres along with other law enforcement agencies blocked a Liberian-registered ship carrying suspected Russian oil in an operation that ended with the arrest of the 22-strong crew.
he 22,500 tons of oil seized has a market value of more than 40 million euros. Police said that the ship started its travel from Azerbaijan and claimed to have been supplied with oil in Kalamata, Greece, from another ship.
Albanian authorities believe that the oil originated in Russia. Albania has backed Western and EU sanctions against Russia imposed over its war against Ukraine.
In September last year the Albanian Coast Guard seized a tanker, Queen Majeda, with some 2,275 tons of oil on board. It had been supplied in Benghazi, Libya, an area not under the control of the internationally recognized government of Libya.