The Russian Federation has deployed 12 peacekeepers to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), whereas it previously had planned to send 30 peacekeepers, Foreign Ministry’s Department of Africa Director Andrei Kemarsky revealed to the media.
“As for our assistance and the work of our specialists who contribute to achieving peace and stability in the Central African Republic, it should be understood that MINUSCA includes a group of Russian experts. Our country’s president has made a decision to send up to 30 Russian peacekeepers there, but, following consultations with the UN Secretariat on the available positions, 12 peacekeepers, including two women, have been sent,” Kemarsky stated .
The Foreign Ministry Director further pointed out the full support Russia is ready to provide to CAR government to maintain the peace in the republic and called for the arms embargo removal.
“We will support the position of the CAR government, which stands for the full lift of the embargo. In general, we support the complete removal of restrictions so that the armed forces can carry out their tasks. Now there is an abnormal situation. It is unacceptable that groups, opposing the government, have more opportunities to obtain weapons through smuggling, than the government forces,” he added.