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Russia Sends Troops To Central African Republic

Russia Sends Troops To Central African Republic

Russia, in a bid to prop up an African ally, has sent troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) to help the Moscow-backed government repel an ongoing coup attempt.

Russia has sent its troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) to help the republic’s government stop the advance of insurgents on the capital, a spokesman for the CAR government informed. Moscow has not commented on the statement, expressing concern over “reports of a mutiny.” 

Tensions in the Central African Republic escalated at the end of last week. The republic plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on December 27. Leaders of several armed rebel groups declared a new coalition, whose forces include over 9,000 people. Back on Friday, the coalition forces began to advance on CAR’s capital of Bangui. The country’s government accused former President Francois Bozize, who was not allowed to take part in the presidential election by the Constitutional Court, just like back in 2014, the nation’s government issued an international order for his arrest. Bozize is accused of murder, unlawful arrests, kidnapping and torture.

On Sunday evening, CAR’s government addressed its “friendly and brotherly countries,” Russia and Rwanda, with a request for aid in ensuring the security of the election process. At the same time, reports on social networks informed of Russian planes arriving in the republic, supposedly transporting weapons and Russian mercenaries. Spokesman for the CAR Government Ange Maxime Kazagui told the AFP agency that Russia had sent several hundred people from its regular forces and heavy equipment within its bilateral cooperation agreement.

The Kremlin has been working to expand influence ion the African continent over the last decade. Moscow also has troops active in Libya and is supporting General Haftar’s army against the Government of National Accord supported by NATO-member Turkey.

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