The Russians were detained in Iran for not having work permits - ambassador
Russian nationals A.S. Kaisin and A.P. Romanenko were detained in Iran for not having working permits, Iran's Ambassador in Moscow Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said, Fars reported.
According to earlier reports, a group of employees of the Iranian company Zarkuh were arrested in Tehran, among them the two Russian nationals A.S. Kaisin and A.P. Romanenko.
The website of the company says the company which was established in 2005 was a leading exploration and mining company in Iran.
It was noted, that the condition of the Russian nationals was not satisfactory.
Talking to the journalists, Sajjadi noted that during his discussion with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igo Morgulov the sides discussed the issue.
"We talked with Mr. Morgulov, and I told him that the mentioned two Russian nationals did not have permission for being in Iran, and they did not have working visas as well. Add to that, it was unknown where they were staying," Sajjadi said.
"From our legislation's point of view, that was a violation, however, considering our good mutual relations with Russia, the detained citizens of Russia were released with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," Sajjadi explained.
Russia demanded explanation from Iran over the arrest of two Russian citizens. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov made a diplomatic representation in this respect to Iran's Ambassador in Moscow Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, The Voice of Russia reported earlier.
Edited by: S. Isayev