Ministry of Defense denies sending troops to fight in North Caucasus
10.10.12 16:35 By News Dept.
The National Anti-Terrorist Committee
"No additional Defense Forces in the North Caucasus have been deployed," said NAC official and the first deputy speaker of the Federation Council, Alexander Torshin.
He also explained the lack of connection to information from a NAC meeting the day before that allegedly dealt with Ministry deployment in the region.
"Yesterday the security of air transport was discussed. And I, as the head of the Caucasus commission of the Federation Council, am in constant contact with the leaders of the North Caucasus republics and with influential members of the public. And there was no talk of there being some kind of large-scale anti-terrorist operation, nor was there any talk of any kind of troop movements, " Torshin said.
"The situation in the North Caucasus is under control, and nowadays gang-leaders are eliminated before they have time to plan anything. But at the same time, the appearance rumours suggests that we need to strengthen our information channels. Apparently, we at the NAC don't effectively share information with the population," he added.
"If there were major anti-terrorist operations in the North Caucasus, it would be impossible to cover up because it would require mobilization, transporting vehicles, and the movement of large military units. And in a society of open information, namely the Russian Federation, it would be almost impossible to conduct such an operation in secrecy," explained Torshin.
On Monday, a source at the NAC HQ in the North Caucasus said that from the beginning of October this year, units of the Armed Forces of Russia were once again involved in counter-terrorist operations in the region.
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