The Kremlin does not possess information on the death of Russian soldiers in Syria, and the information published in the media must be verified. Furthermore, the politician Grigory Yavlinsky is unlikely to have accurate information on Russian deaths, said Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
The Kremlin spokesperson said that questions relating to the death of Russians in Syria should first be directed at the Ministry of Defense.
“Because you and we are working with information published in the media. I don’t think that Mr Yavlinsky has any more reliable information sources. But in any case, we still urge you not to use media reports as a primary source. And, of course, you should still be aware that in many countries there is quite a large number of our countrymen, of Russians. And, of course, it is very difficult to have any detailed information in this regard,” Peskov remarked.
He commented that the information published in the media needs to be validated.
Information came out earlier in the media on the death of Russian mercenaries in Syria as a result of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition against the armed supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Sources in the Pentagon have claimed that there were Russian mercenaries among the Syrian pro-government forces.