New Delhi: Two days after a third Russian was found dead near the coast of Odisha, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said it would not link the deaths of three Russian nationals who recently died in India, as the probe is underway in all the cases.
“Necessary investigation is being carried out in death of Russians in Odisha. We are now aware of the death of a Russian sailor in international waters off the coast of Odisha. His body has been brought to Paradip Port for formalities. I wouldn’t like to link all three cases together,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi during a press briefing.
Referring to comment on the alleged “strangeness” of the cases, Mr Bagchi said he wouldn’t like to link all of them together nor look at it all together. “India is a large country where a lot of foreigners visit,” he added.
The remarks by the MEA spokesperson come after the third Russian national who was working as a chief engineer in a cargo ship, was found dead off the coast of Odisha this week. This was the third Russian found dead in the state within a span of two weeks.
Marine police along with other statutory authorities will carry out an investigation of the death of the Russian national, namely Milyakov Sergey, and after that only the final report will be available, police said.