Peskov said that Russia is not the de jure private military companies
Moscow. 20 Nov. INTERFAX.RU Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov referred to the defense Ministry the issue of treatment of certain veterans ‘ organisations to the international criminal court on the activities of private military companies (PMCs).
“Perhaps, after all, this issue relates more to the competence of the Ministry of defense, because, you see, de jure we have no such entities as private military companies in accordance with our legislation,” — said Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.
So he responded to the request of journalists to comment on reports that soldiers of the Russian PMC and some veterans ‘ organizations have asked the international criminal court to initiate investigations against the organizers of the PMC.
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Peskov stressed that this issue is “more in the competence of law enforcement or the Ministry of defence”.
Answering the specifying question whether the situation in the Kremlin, Peskov said, “No. Such topics in the agenda of no.”
As reported earlier, the radio station “Echo of Moscow” with reference to the head of the Committee of the all-Russian officers ‘ Assembly, Yevgeny Shabayev, in the international criminal court in the Hague filed suit against the organizers of private military companies.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to bring checks into the “forcible detention of persons and use them in hostilities”. According to Shabayev, service in the PMCs abroad thousands of Russians. The loss of soldiers PMCs according to veterans ‘ organizations number in the hundreds are participants of the conflict in the Donbass, Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic and several other countries.
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