Russia Ready to Send More Military Instructors to Central African Republic: Diplomat
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Russia is ready to provide aid to the Central African Republic by sending additional military instructors to the country, Russian President's Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Monday.
"It all depends on the will of the country’s government, of its legitimate authorities," the diplomat said, Tass reported. "When we have the opportunity, we always respond to requests. I am talking about cooperation in the sphere of security."
"So I am not ruling that out (sending additional military instructors to the Central African Republic). If there is a need for more, there will be more," Bogdanov said.
The deputy foreign minister also noted that it is rather easy to coordinate this issue with the UN. "There is an agreed framework, some restrictions, but we act in accordance with our obligations," he explained.
In March of this year, Moscow responded to a request of the president of the Central African Republic for military and technical aid by sending five military and 170 civilian instructors to train the country’s servicemen.