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Central African Republic may host Russian military base

While the move may cause discontent in some countries, it is not the Central African Republic’s concern, according to Ambassador Leon Dodonu-Punagaza

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The Ambassador of the Central African Republic (CAR) to Russia, Leon Dodonu-Punagaza, has said his country is interested in having a Russian military base on its territory that could accommodate between 5,000 and 10,000 soldiers.

Our country is the first country in Africa that resisted the French,” he said in an interview published by Izvestia on Monday, adding that a Russian military base would help reinforce CAR, where long-stading security threats have worsened due to the inflow of refugees from war-torn Sudan.

The ambassador praised the role of Russian military instructors in strengthening his nation’s armed forces and emphasized the importance of continuing military-technical cooperation, despite the opposition of some countries.

In recent weeks, when Russia delivered six military aircraft to us, it was the French who began to resent it, yelling and yelling. But this is not our business; we are interested in cooperation with Russia,” Dodonu-Punagaza noted.

In December last year, the last 130 French soldiers of the logistical mission MISLOG-B left the capital Bangui as a result of tensions with France over the growing Russian military presence.

According to Dodonu-Punagaza, Russia’s flag was raised earlier this month at the former French military base in the Central African Republic, indicating that the CAR had “finally expelled the French” and was ready to work with Moscow.

He added that CAR was “seriously preparing” for the second Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg in July, where President Faustin-Archange Touadera will be in attendance.

I can confirm that the president will take part. As for the issues to be discussed at the summit, these are primarily security and economic issues,” he said.

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