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    'Nonsense': Kremlin Denies Representative of Putin Met With Blackwater Founder

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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed media reports about an alleged secret meeting in January in the Seychelles of Russian President Vladimir Putin's representative with Blackwater private US military company founder Erik Prince.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Washington Post wrote Monday citing unnamed US, European and Arab officials that the UAE had arranged in January a secret meeting between Prince and "a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin" in order to allegedly establish a "back-channel line of communication" between the Russian and US authorities.

    "This is complete nonsense," Peskov told reporters when asked to comment on the publication.

    Blackwater, now called Academi, is a private security services firm that gained notoriety in 2007 after its employees gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad while under contract by the US government during the Iraq War.


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