Russia delivered 10 armored vehicles in Africa, the UN welcomes the news

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BANGUI, (BM) – In recent days, Russia has delivered 10 BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles to the Central African Republic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citinf the Polish news agency Defence24. The handing over of the equipment strengthens Moscow’s position in Africa and is part of the implementation of a long-term policy of increasing its influence on the continent.

According to local observers via social media, the vehicles were flown on board the Russian An-124-100 Ruslan transport plane to the airport in the country’s capital – Bangui. Photos of BRDM-2 vehicles unloaded from the plane on the tarmac have appeared on the Internet. The supply of new combat vehicles for the Central African army will increase its combat capabilities.

Information about the arrival of new Russian military equipment was welcomed by the UN’s multi-dimensional integrated stabilization mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In the published statement, the head of the mission said that the new armaments will increase the country’s internal security before the planned parliamentary and presidential elections, which are scheduled for December 27 this year.

In accordance with the resolution of the Security Council of April 10, 2014, a new stabilization mission, MINUSCA, was launched in the Central African Republic, which had been engulfed in another installment since 2013. Its main priority is the protection of the civilian population, which is taken care of by approx. 6.5 thousand soldiers (and ultimately up to 12 thousand) and approx. 1 thousand policemen from the UN multinational peacekeeping forces who have been deployed in the main cities of the country.

For many years, the Central African Republic has been regularly supplied with military equipment supplied under purchase agreements with the Russian Federation. At the turn of January and February 2018, ten Russian transport planes delivered the first batch of cargo of weapons and ammunition purchased under a bilateral agreement to the airport in the country’s capital. The second tranche was delivered in 2019. The weapons purchased from Russia go into the hands of the local armed forces and uniformed services.

The supply of this type of equipment, although simple, significantly strengthens the capacity of the armed forces and security services in African countries. They should also be seen as Moscow’s actions to strengthen its influence in Africa. Supplying equipment or, for example, deploying mercenaries (such as the Wagner Group) is cheaper than deploying large military contingents, and from Russia’s point of view, it may have similar effects.

The scale of Russia’s involvement in Africa is evidenced by the fact that, according to U.S. data African Command from June this year. – Russian mercenary / contractor formations are present in 16 countries of this continent.

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