February 19, 2018 / 8:12 AM / 4 months ago

Reports of hundreds of Russians killed in Syria attempt to exploit war : RIA cites Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that reports that hundreds of Russian mercenaries had been killed in Syria recently were an attempt to exploit the war there, the RIA news agency reported.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria in an incident this month, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters last week.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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