France is closely monitoring the activity of Russian mercenaries in the Central African Republic, which has “anti-French” direction. On Wednesday, January 23, said the foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Speaking before the Committee on international Affairs of the Senate, the foreign Minister noted that “the active presence of Russia in Central Africa recently and is very much anti-French orientation. I speak about it absolutely openly [ … ] and if they can hear me from here, from this hall, let them consider that we know them well,” said Le Drian.
Previously, the government of the Central African Republic said about the possibility of the appearance on the territory of the Russian military base. This was in January, told defense Minister Central African Republic, Marie-Noelle of Cayara after talks in Moscow with head of Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Responding to a question about competition in the CAR between Moscow and Paris, she added that “we must not forget that Russia and France are themselves partners. Therefore, probably, it would be inappropriate to see them against the background of the Central African Republic as competitors.”
Since the beginning of the 2018 Russia, according to official data, sent five officers and 170 civilian instructors, and also supplied weapons, having received an exception to existing UN embargo.
The CARS are also Russian private military companies, particularly the so-called “PMC Wagner.” Investigating the activities of the organization journalists to Protect Jamal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko were killed in the Central African Republic on 30 July.