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    PapaDragon

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    Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:56 pm

    Looks like Russia is making some moves in Central Africa

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3174259.html
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:41 am

    "It is the choice of the CAR, sighed a French diplomat. Besides, Russians are not such methods as we are. They shamelessly bribe all who need open before them the door."

    Yes... how can France compete if the Russians are using money bribes and all France has is the usual threats and tantrums...

    Imagine giving poor people money to get them to do what you want them to do... Russian bastards... pretty soon every poor person who owns valuable land but is unable to extract the valuable component will expect to be paid to allow some rich white people to steal their wealth from under their feet...

    How can the west stay rich if such things happen?
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  Cyberspec on Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:52 am

    Interesting development...seems it's mostly PMC's, some military advisors and civilian staff. They're talking about a Russian plan to establish a line of influence stretching from the Sudan via the CAR down to Angola (an old client from the cold war mk I days)
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:10 am

    Funny they are talking about a line of allies... because that is what the US seems to be doing... do you think after a short while a rail line right across africa might be built to bypass the ME without having to go around the bottom of Africa...
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  George1 on Mon May 28, 2018 3:04 am

    "Russian soldiers, mercenaries and advisers arrive in Central African Republic capital" - French Media ????????????

    "With the consent of the UN Security Council Committee created pursuant to UNSC Resolution 2127, an allocation of small arms and ammunition from the stocks of Russia’s Defence Ministry was made available to the Central African Army in late January — early February. Five military and 170 civilian instructors from Russia were sent to train CAR service personnel with the knowledge of this committee. This assistance is provided in strict accordance with the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on the country."

    Russia enters CAR

    On March 24, the French Agence France-Presse told about Russian instructor presence within 60 kilometers of CAR’s capital Bangui. According to AFP, they are based at the Berengo estate which used to belong to Bokassa. An AFP reporter who went to the location saw lines of tents and Russians in military uniforms training CAR soldiers. The journalist was forbidden from taking photographs or filming videos.

    According to AFP, the tents were to the right of Bokassa’s tomb. We were able to geolocate the tomb using photos available online. Planet satelliter imagery does show new objects, apparently those tents, to the right of the tomb. Planet imagery archive showed those objects appeared at Bokassa’s estate during the period of January 21 to January 22.



    https://southfront.org/russian-soldiers-advisers-mercenaries-actively-operate-in-central-african-republic-french-media/

    https://citeam.org/ru-mercenaries-in-africa/
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  George1 on Mon May 28, 2018 3:06 am

    After Sudan and Central African Republic, Russian military advisers will soon appear in Democratic Republic of the Congo.



    http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20180527-russie-rdc-defense-cooperation-militaire-rdc
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:34 pm

    Russia discusses air defense system deliveries with Rwanda

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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  PapaDragon on Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:15 pm


    In addition to Central African Republic Mozambique and Djibouti are also on the table:

    Russia Is Squeezing the West From Africa Without a Fight

    https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russia-squeezing-west-africa-without-fight/ri23949
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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:26 pm

    Putin says Russia, Gabon can team up to solve crisis in Central African Republic

    Putin pointed out that relations between Moscow and Libreville "are, anyway, developing in all directions"

    MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Russia and Gabon can join efforts to look for a solution to the crisis in the Central African Republic, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Gabonese counterpart Ali Bongo Ondimba on Saturday.

    "Unconditionally, we have fields to work on, including the regional settlement - in Central Africa," Putin said adding that Gabon was actively engaged in the cooperation and was making a considerable contribution.

    Putin pointed out that relations between Moscow and Libreville "are, anyway, developing in all directions."

    "Unfortunately, a total amount of trade is not large, but the pace of growth is impressive," he added.

    Gabon’s president thanked Putin for his invitation and warm welcome in Russia and congratulated him on winning the presidential election in March.

    "Mr. President, I came to tell you that Africa needs you," Ondimba went on to say, noting that the continent has richest resources, which major states strive to explore.

    Russia with its tremendous capabilities might have a hand for the benefit of Africa, he added.

    "I am pleased that Russia is not indifferent to solving the conflicts <…> in our vicinity, a solution to the turmoil in the Central African Republic," Gabon’s president said. "I think it would be just wonderful if we joined efforts to bring peace to that country."

    The Kremlin press service said that trade between Russia and Gabon doubled in 2017 to $47.7 (from $29.1 in 2016).

    Last October, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft signed a profile protocol of understanding with Gabon’s Oil and Hydrocarbon Ministry. In June 2017, Zarubezhneft and the Gabonese oil company signed a memorandum of understanding - a framework agreement on key aspects of cooperation, including joint exploration of deposits and construction of oil and gas facilities in Gabon.


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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:32 pm

    UN experts described the work of Russian military instructors in the Central African Republic

    As reported by the newspaper Vedomosti in the material of Alexei Nikolsky, "UN experts described the work of Russian military instructors in Central Africa: They are engaged in training local
    siloviki, guarding convoys and hospitals, "the Russian mission for the military training of local personnel in the Central African Republic (CAR) became the subject of a study of a group of UN experts who described it in detail in a report sent on July 23, 2018 to the President of the UN Security Council. American NGO Security Council Report.



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    Re: Russian military activities in Central Africa

    Post  George1 on Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:27 am

    Medvedev approves draft agreement on Defense Ministry representative office in CAR

    The draft agreement was put forward with the aim of providing assistance to the Central African Republic in the issues of military and military-technical cooperation


    MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the draft agreement with the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) about opening a representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry in the African country. The relevant document was published on the official web portal of legal information on Monday.

    "To approve the draft agreement proposed by the Russian Defense Ministry and coordinated with the Russian Foreign Ministry and other relevant federal executive authorities... on establishing a representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry at the Ministry of National Defense and Restructuring of the Army of the Central African Republic," the document said.

    The Russian prime minister ordered the Russian Defense Ministry to hold talks with CAR representatives and sign a document upon reaching an agreement.

    The draft agreement was put forward with the aim of providing assistance to CAR in the issues of military and military-technical cooperation, as well as ensuring the activities of Russian military specialists in the African country on assisting in restructuring the country's Armed Forces, providing training on using and repairing the military equipment delivered by Russia. The maintenance of the representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry will be financed by the Russian side, the document added.


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