Employees of various private companies operating in other countries, do not represent the Russian government. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin told reporters after a straight line. The President was asked why Russia does not assign the status of combatants to those who go to Syria as mercenaries, private military companies, reports TASS.
According to Putin, “employees of private companies, including private security companies, ( … ), there really are”. However, these people are not involved in hostilities and engaged in economic issues: oil production and field development, he said.
Moscow recognizes that the mercenaries, even in making this work, “risking their lives, and in General it is also a contribution to the fight against terrorism,” the President added. He explained that employees of companies including discourage oil field from fighters of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). “But it is not the Russian state and the Russian army, so we here do not comment”, — said Putin.
Earlier, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of payments to relatives of the victims in Syria, the volunteers is not in the competence of the presidential administration.
According to media reports, in Syria works in the so-called private military companies (PMCs) Wagner. The owner I believe of the businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, this information is not officially confirmed. It is believed that billionaire offers security in several African countries.
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