The foreign Ministry called the possible cause of attacks on journalists in the Central African Republic
MOSCOW, Aug 3 — RIA Novosti. Russian journalists in the Central African Republic was killed in an attempt to resist. This was stated at a briefing the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“According to preliminary data law enforcement bodies, the Russians were attacked by unknown persons with the purpose of robbery, and while trying to resist was killed,” — quoted Zakharova on the page of the foreign Ministry on Twitter.
At a briefing the official representative of the foreign Ministry said that the investigation into the murder of Russian journalists joined the UN mission to stabilize the situation in the Central African Republic. She highlighted four experts who supported the Central African law enforcement authorities inspected the scene, interviewed witnesses in sibut and in the villages near where the attack occurred.
Zakharov noted that the approval of the media that questions the security of the crew were allegedly agreed with the UN mission in the Central African Republic, are not true. Neither in the mission nor in the security Department of the UN Secretariat did not know about the trip of journalists while authorities of the Central African Republic are not informed about their deaths.
As it turned out, Zakharov continued, for unknown reasons, the Russians have not requested any assistance and accreditation to local authorities, as well as not have used body armor and helmets with inscriptions, which would confirm their identity to the press.
The diplomat also drew attention to the fact that a large number of speculation about the fact that journalists were not allowed at the training base in the CAR and they had to conduct a secret investigation. “It’s not true,” she said.
As explained Zakharova, the base where I work the Central African security forces and Russian instructors, an indoor swimming facility, visit which is allowed only to accredited journalists with the appropriate permission.
“But after getting this accreditation and obtaining the appropriate instructions from the local authorities and law enforcement agencies of such activity is allowed,” the diplomat added, noting that similar requests from journalists from other countries have received the most positive responses. But from the Russian group, this application was not.
She stressed that the authorities of the Central African Republic has promised to do everything possible to catch and punish the murderers of the Russians.