The RT explained removal of the fragment placed on the channel RT on YouTube of the story of the visit of defence Minister Sergei Shoigu airbase “Hamim” in Syria for security reasons.
Previously, “BBC Russian service reported that bloggers from group Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) drew attention to the presence in the video frame with “cluster bombs RBK-500 ZAB-2.5 SM”. In the CIT noted that the footage of “cluster bombs” were carved by the channel of the video after I wrote about them in his Twitter blogger Green Lemon.
#PT MOD During the visit, a Su-34 was carrying 5 RBK-500 ZAB 2.5 SM incendiary cluster bombs. https://t.co/NzmjPFqR52 pic.twitter.com/ejy2V6YlNh
As reported by RBC representative of the press service of RT, Anton Vorontsov, “no intention to put video censorship never happened.” On the question of whether the removal of these frames that bloggers have indicated that they “cluster munitions”, press service of the RT replied “no”. He explained that the video was deleted fragment, which is a closeup was shown of the pilot.
“Initially, video contained close-up of the pilot, which was later deleted by one of SMM-editors of the channel, for security reasons, the soldier <…> After re-evaluation it was considered that the footage did not contain any risks, and the video was restored to its original version,” — said the representative of press-service.
In late December, Amnesty International published a report that Russian military aviation was accused of using cluster bombs. Russian defense Ministry has categorically rejected accusations from Amnesty, calling the report full of “fakes” and “stamps”. The official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov then drew attention to the fact that the base Hamim personally visited dozens of foreign journalists who almost around the clock were filming the preparation of the aircraft for departures, takeoffs and landings. “No one never showed and never even asked questions about this type of ammunition, because such ammunition at our base in Syria is not”, — assured he.
In 2008, most countries of the world signed a Convention on the prohibition of the use of cluster bombs. However, Russia and several other countries, including the USA, China, Brazil, did not join in. The Convention entered into force on 1 August 2010.