Alexander Ivanov, head of the Commonwealth of Officers for International Security, responded to yet another attempt by the foreign media to tarnish the reputation of Russian instructors in the Central African Republic.
Vice, a Canadian-American magazine, published an article accusing Russians without proof of committing crimes in the Central African Republic. To attract readers’ attention to the story, the authors claimed that the instructors belong to the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company.
According to Ivanov, this kind of article is aimed at undermining the impeccable image of Russian instructors, who are highly respected among CAR residents. He recalled that thousands of locals had rallied in support of cooperation between Moscow and Bangui. Every day, the instructors receive words of gratitude and support.
"Competent authorities will look into all accusations that have been made. After they confirm that the accusations are false, we will defend our honor, dignity and honest name in court of any country," Ivanov said in a post on social media.
Earlier, he sent a letter to the editor-in-chief of the French publication Liberation, which had also published fake news about Russian instructors. He demanded that the media outlet stop spreading misinformation and remove the story.