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Russia Denies Reports of Alleged Mercenaries Quelling Sudan Rallies - Embassy

© REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahSudanese demonstrators eject a teargas canister lobbed to disperse them as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan December 25, 2018.
Sudanese demonstrators eject a teargas canister lobbed to disperse them as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan December 25, 2018. - Sputnik International
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CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in Khartoum said Tuesday that reports on Russia's alleged mercenaries participating in suppressing protests in Sudan were fake.

"We declare with all responsibility that Russian experts from non-government structures do not participate in suppressing protests in Sudan, as some unscrupulous Western media claim", the embassy's spokesman, Vladimir Tomsky, told Sputnik.

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Russian experts working in Sudan train the Sudanese law enforcement servicemen under existing cooperation contracts, the official added.

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"The media reports in the UK's Times and similar outlets on Russian mercenaries are outright fakes seeking to demonize our country and its foreign policies", Tomsky said.

Previously, The Times claimed, citing the Sudanese opposition, that Russian mercenaries from the private military company Wagner Group had been spotted patrolling the anti-government protests in Khartoum.

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