Head of the Research Institute of Rescue and Underwater Technologies of the Russian Navy Sergei Bashmakov confirmed that Russian specialists searching for the Argentine diesel-electric submarine ARA San Juan have suspended operations to poor weather conditions, speaking from the Puerto Belgrano Naval Base in Punta Alta late Monday night. «The remote-controlled underwater vehicles cannot carry out... Еще their work because of unfavourable hydro-meteorological conditions and wind,» Bashmakov said. «We hope that in the near future, the weather conditions will improve and we will be able to continue the search for the submarine,» he added. According to Bashmakov, 12 [Russian] specialists arrived in Argentina and brought with them two remote controlled underwater vehicles from the Russian Federation. The Apparatus have performed more than six descents to a depth of 125 to 920 metres. The ARA San Juan went missing on Wednesday, November 16 with a crew of 44, shortly after reporting an electrical malfunction. It was 480km (380 miles) off the coast, en route from Ushuaia to its base in Mar del Plata.