Russia to send soldiers to Central African Republic as part of U.N. force – decree

Russia soldiers prepare for a mission during the 6th annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) in Amman, file. May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will send up to 30 military personnel to Central African Republic as part of a U.N mission to help stabilise the country, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

The decree said the Russian contingent would include military observers, staff officers and military communications specialists.

Moscow has already sent military equipment to CAR and Russian instructors are on the ground helping train the country’s armed forces.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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