UN: Russia tells UN this week it intends to withdraw 300 “military instructors” sent to the Central African Republic for the presidential election by the end of 2020, diplomats told AFP on Friday. Told
“The Russians have informed the United Nations that they will withdraw their troops and helicopters, which were deployed in the Central African Republic during the elections in late December,” a diplomat said on condition of anonymity. ۔
Another diplomat said the news of the withdrawal had been sent to the UN Sanctions Committee, which was responsible for overseeing the arms embargo on the CAR.
In addition to several hundred “instructors”, Moscow also deployed three or four transport helicopters. The withdrawal of Russian troops was announced ahead of Wednesday’s attacks on the outskirts of Benguela, and questions remain at the United Nations as to whether Moscow will confirm the withdrawal in light of the latest developments.