MOSCOW, November 20 /TASS/. Kremlin does not have exact information on the presence of Russians at the terrorist-seized hotel in Mali.
"I believe that some signals need to be clarified. I do not know if there are our [citizens] there or not. There have been no clear reports so far," Russian president’s aide Yuri Ushakov told journalists.
Russian Ambassador to Mali Alexey Dulyan told TASS earlier on Friday that the Russian embassy had taken all the necessary precautions to guarantee the security of its employees. "We are taking internal security measures to save our employees from trouble," he said adding that the Mali authorities had not yet imposed a curfew in the country’s capital Bamako.
"A security operation is currently under way at the hotel with an aim to neutralize the attackers and release the hostages," Dulyan added.
Militants attacked Radisson hotel in the centre of Bamako earlier on Friday taking 170 hostages, including 140 hotel guests and 30 staff. The hotel is located in the city centre and is popular with foreigners. According to the Mali security services, the militants had penetrated into the hotel territory in a car with diplomatic plate numbers. Not a single group has claimed responsibility for the attack.