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YEKATERINBURG, February 4. /TASS/. The kidnappers of two Russians — employees of UTair — in Sudan have not voiced their demands and conditions of their release, the Russian airline told TASS Wednesday.
"No demands have yet been received from the abductors," UTair said. It denied some media reports that the airline was trying to independently find the abducted employees.
"The report is untrue. The UTair airline in due time and in the established procedure notified of the incident representatives of all official departments; in particular, requests have been sent to the Russian Federation’s embassy in Sudan, the UN mission and the UN headquarters, as well as the Russian Federation’s permanent mission at the UN," the airline said.
The company stressed that "in the interests of the soonest possible release of its employees, it does not reveal the names of the affected persons and does not comment on the details of the investigation."
"Any media information on this issue is not official, we do not confirm it, and its distribution does not meet the goals of fast and safe resolution of the situation," UTair said.
The incident occurred on January 29 in the town of Zalingei in Sudan. Unknown assailants kidnapped two UTair employees working under a contract with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The airline press service earlier explained that the mission’s van was blocked by six vehicles.
"Under the threat of weapons, the passengers were forced to leave the van and were taken in an unknown direction," the airline said.