15:52 Nov. 1, 2016
Rossiyskaya Gazeta apologises to Ljubljana's mayor for quoting what he has never said
One of Russia's major daily newspapers, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, has apologised to Ljubljana's Mayor Zoran Jankovic for a false report it published about Slovenia's position on the status of Crimea, RFE/RL reports.
In an article on September 29, the state-owned Russian newspaper had quoted Jankovic as saying that "Slovenia was one of the first European nations that recognised Crimea as part of Russia."
Slovenia's embassy in Moscow protested the article, saying that Ljubljana supports Ukraine's independence and its territorial integrity and stressing that Slovenia does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The Slovenian Embassy said the seizure and annexation of Crimea by Russia was a violation of international law.
On October 31, Rossiyskaya Gazeta published what it called a "clarification" of the report.
It said Crimea had never been mentioned by Jankovic at a series of events in Ljubljana during September known as "Days Of Moscow," nor in an interview with Jankovic conducted by a journalist working for the state-owned Russian newspaper.