They aren’t ours
Russia has mastered the technique of truth denial, especially when it comes to covering up its military operations. Putin’s famous statement, “Ich tam net (they aren’t there)”, about the involvement of Russian military forces in the Crimea takeover is a popular neologism that accurately summarizes most of Russia’s hybrid operations abroad. A similar card is now being played by Maria Zakharova, who couldn’t help commenting on the recent killing of Russian mercenaries in Syria.
Zakharova claimed that the interest of the foreign press in this matter is a result of an American information attack on Russia: “Notably, this information attack is coming from the United States, which has been accusing Russia for months on end of interfering in its internal affairs, in particular, the presidential election campaign, including in rather amusing ways, such as in social media”.
According to Zakharova, neither she nor the Russian MFA know the details of the clash in which only five “presumably Russian citizens” died. She also has a piece of advice to America: “Mind your own business instead of spreading disinformation about Russia”.