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Greenpeace ship sets out to confront Russian tanker bringing oil from Arctic platform

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AMSTERDAM - Greenpeace International says it is sending a ship out to protest the arrival of a tanker that is bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic circle to Rotterdam.

The environmental group said Monday it has sent the "Rainbow Warrior III" to meet the Russian-flagged Mikhail Ulyanov. Greenpeace spokesman Arin de Hoog could not immediately say Monday when the two vessels are expected to meet and what form the protest will take.

In September, 28 of the group's activists and two freelance journalists were arrested and charged with piracy after a protest near Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya platform. They were released in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year. Their ship "Arctic Sunrise" was seized and is still held by Russian authorities.

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