Central African Republic unveils monument celebrating military cooperation with Russia – RT en français
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A monument paying tribute to the Central African soldiers and the Russian armed forces who contributed to the fight against armed groups was inaugurated in Bangui in the Central African Republic on November 29.
A monument paying tribute to the Central African soldiers (FACA) and the Russian armed forces who contributed to the fight against the militants of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), was inaugurated in Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) on November 29. The statue in question represents two Russian soldiers (center) accompanied by Central African soldiers.
Behind the soldiers, a woman and children are represented.
Russian military specialists carried out training operations for the armed forces of the CAR. These operations aimed to strengthen the capacities of the Central African armed forces engaged in the fight against the CPC, a rebel group opposing the power of Bangui.
The support of the Russian military allowed the government forces to gain the upper hand over the CPC which had led an offensive on Bangui at the beginning of January. The active support of Russian instructors thus enabled government forces to advance 400 kilometers from the capital, and reach the borders with Cameroon.
Vladimir Putin met with his Central African counterpart
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra spoke on the phone on November 29, 2021. During the meeting, the two parties discussed “the pursuit of economic development of the country, the affirmation of territorial integrity as well as the need to maintain governmental unity ”.
The inauguration ceremony of the monument took place in the presence of the President of the CAR, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, Prime Minister Henri-Marie Dondra, as well as several members of the National Assembly. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the CAR, Sergei Ivanov, was also present.
Relations between the two countries have strengthened considerably over the past three years. Russia’s cooperation with the CAR is not limited to the security domain. Learning the Russian language has made a comeback in the universities of the Central African Republic. Already reintroduced in the country’s schools in 2019, after a withdrawal following the fall of Emperor Bokassa in 1979, it will become compulsory at the university in 2022.
In July, there were 1,135 Russian instructors in the Central African Republic, not taking part directly in combat operations against “illegal armed groups”.
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