French Foreign Minister Calls Police Photo From Explosion Site In CAR 'Russian Propaganda'
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna called a photo taken by police at the scene of an explosion in the office of the head of the Russian House in the Central African Republic, Dmitry Sytyi, which clearly shows a note with a threat "from all the French" and a call to the Russians to get out of Africa, a "Russian propaganda."
PARIS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th December, 2022) French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna called a photo taken by police at the scene of an explosion in the office of the head of the Russian House in the Central African Republic, Dmitry Sytyi, which clearly shows a note with a threat "from all the French" and a call to the Russians to get out of Africa, a "Russian propaganda." Earlier, Sputnik reported about the note received from representatives of the Bangui police from the scene of the explosion in Sytyi's office. On a narrow piece of paper it is printed in Russian "This is for you from all the French. The Russians will get out of Africa. " Earlier, businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group, which dealt with security issues in the Central African Republic, reported that Sytyi had previously received such a threatening note. "This information is false and is a good example of Russian propaganda and the fanciful imagination that sometimes characterises it," Colonna told AFP during a visit to Morocco. Sytyi was hospitalized in Bangui after an assassination attempt on Friday morning: a parcel sent to him exploded. The head of the car police confirmed to Sputnik that Sytyi had previously contacted local police. Source
Russian linked with ‘Putin’s chef’ injured in Africa attack
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian representative in Central African Republic, who is associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the notorious millionaire owner of the Wagner Group military contractor, was severely injured Friday when a package exploded in his hands, Prigozhin and Russian officials said. Prigozhin, who has been dubbed “Putin’s chef” for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said in a statement on his messaging app channel that Dmitry Sytyi who headed the “Russian House” in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, was in grave condition after the attack. Prigozhin charged that before losing consciousness Sytyi said the explosive package contained a note saying “This is for you from all the French. The Russians will get out of Africa.” Prigozhin’s Wagner Group has played an active part in the fighting in Ukraine and also has deployed to several African countries in what the West saw as part of Moscow’s efforts to expand its clout in the continent.Prigozhin, who has been on the U.S. and EU sanctions list for years for his Kremlin links, accused France of staging the attack and said that he asked the Russian Foreign Ministry to declare the country a “sponsor of terrorism.” He didn’t offer any evidence to back his claim. Source