Russia releases Japanese trawler

Russian authorities have released a Japanese fishing boat and its 14 crew members after nearly two weeks of detention.

Russian authorities took the trawler into custody last month accusing the vessel of operating inside Russia's exclusive economic zone.

But officials in Tokyo had lodged a protest with their Russian counterparts.

They said they have confirmed the boat had been operating in waters within Japan's jurisdiction.

NHK journalists spotted the vessel when it left a Russian port on Thursday.