Contents tagged with CAR

  • Kremlin: Central African Republic interested in Russia's assistance with social and economic security

    The authorities of the Central African Republic have expressed interest in Russia’s assistance  with the country’s social and economic development and strengthening security, Russian Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook.

    It is noted that the meeting of the Special Representative of Russian President for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and the President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra took place on March 16 in Bangui, the …

  • Russian journalists in Central African Republic may have been killed by mercenaries from Donbas

    The people who killed the Russian documentary filmmakers Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko in the Central African Republic (CAR) last year may have flown in especially to do this from the part of the Donbas not controlled by Ukraine, and returned there after committing the murder. This theory was proposed by Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Russian activist band Pussy Riot, who is carrying out his own investigation into the filmmakers’ deaths. 

    “The people who carried …

  • UN investigates possible Russian involvement in tortures of civilians in the Central African Republic

    The UN started investigating reports of tortures in the Central African Republic with the alleged participation of Russian citizens, stated United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) spokesperson Vladimir Monteiro.

    “We confirm that we are investigating the accusations of a person from Bambari that he was arrested and tortured by Russian citizens in January this year,” he said. He explained that the investigation is being carried …

  • US: Russia has 175 Wagner mercenaries in Central African Republic

    The US is concerned by Russia’s growing presence in African countries, said General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of the US Africa Command, during hearings of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    “In the Central African Republic (CAR), Russia has consolidated its influence through expanded military collaboration, including arms shipments, and in exchange it gains access to markets and mineral rights in the country,” the general said.

    Waldhauser also noted that the US has reason to believe …

  • Putin replaces Russian ambassador to Central African Republic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree nominating Vladimir Titorenko as a new Russian ambassador in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    The previous ambassador, Sergei Lobanov has been relieved of his responsibilities. Lobanov was the Russian Ambassador in CAR from March 15th, 2011. Before that, he was the deputy director of the security department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also worked in the Russian embassies in India and Ghana.

    On January 10th, the CAR Minister of …

  • France: situation in Central African Republic should not be seen as competition with Russia

    The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) should not be seen as a competition between Russia and France, but rather in the context of resolving the problems faced by the country’s residents, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France 24 in an interview.

    “The only topic which should be of concern to those present in the CAR is the well-being of the inhabitants of the CAR, as well as the security and level of development of their country,” the minister explained.

    However, …

  • France allocates €24 million and weapons to Central African Republic

    France will allocate €24 million assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR) and will send weapons to the country, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, Voaafrique reported.

     “France is willing to continue its historical partnership with the Central African Republic,” said Le Drian at a press conference. He said that France would provide CAR with about 1.4 thousand units of automatic weapons. French Foreign Minister did not mention the date when the delivery of the weapons …

  • France: Russia's presence will not help to stabilize the situation in Central African Republic

    Recently, Moscow announced plans to send additional equipment and new military instructors to the Central African Republic (CAR).

    Following Russia's announcement, French Defense Minister Florence Parly told the weekly Jeune Afrique that Russia’s expanding influence in the CAR, a former French colony, over the past months, will unlikely to help stabilize the situation in the country.

    In December 2017, Russia received the United Nations’ Security Council’s approval to supply weapons to the CAR, …

  • Central African rebels demand withdrawal of Russian troops

    Abdoulaye Hissène, leader of the CNDS, one of the Ex-Séléka Muslim rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), gave the Central African government troops 48 hours to vacate the region.

    “Government agents in the territories occupied by the Ex-Séléka groups have 48 hours to leave this region,” Hissène’s press communique warned.

    The ultimatum was prompted by the dismissal of the Muslim President of the National Assembly, Karim Meckassoua. Having a Christian president of the country, …

  • Media: New Russian private military company may be behind killing of Russian journalists in Central Africa

    The highly publicized murder of Russian investigative journalists in the Central African Republic may be directly connected to the recently founded Patriot private military company (PMC) which operates in the country,reported the Dozhd TV channel, citing its own sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, a mercenary from the Patriot PMC, and an veteran intelligence officer acquainted with a Patriot fighter.

    All of the sources believe that the murder was motivated by the research which Orkhan …