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After Mali, the Central African Republic, another interesting place....

That series of success of Russian-backed CAR forces, Rwandan and DRC forces against the rebels has immediately been exploited by a victory parade in Bangui, the CAR Capital where food stuff prices had boomed from the moment the MSR from Cameroon had been cut.

Valery Zakharov, adviser to the President of CAR on national security issues, was also seen at the march (blue suit).

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With these military results, the Russians are bringing rare good news to the Government and the population of CAR; this can only reinforce their position and develop their influence in CAR which is right next door to the mineral rich DRC.
The above quoted RUSI paper gives a good summary. France left the door open to Russia when it withdrew its forces from the CAR. It believed that diplomacy and international cooperation could achieve its aims. But.......

Moscow has thus shown again that it always plays the zero-sum game and will always seek to gain the upper hand in any diplomatic arrangement. France, like its democratic allies views diplomacy as a finding a solution to problems based on mutual cooperation and benefit, "give and take" so to speak. For Moscow it has always been "take". It only gives when forced to concede,
 
The above quoted RUSI paper gives a good summary. France left the door open to Russia when it withdrew its forces from the CAR. It believed that diplomacy and international cooperation could achieve its aims. But.......

Moscow has thus shown again that it always plays the zero-sum game and will always seek to gain the upper hand in any diplomatic arrangement. France, like its democratic allies views diplomacy as a finding a solution to problems based on mutual cooperation and benefit, "give and take" so to speak. For Moscow it has always been "take". It only gives when forced to concede,

I think that France has given up on CAR. 60 years of trying can be very trying....Sangaris was the last straw.
 
Russian private military contractors with one of the four Russian Air Force Mi-8AMTSh helicopters in the Central African Republic and in operation around CAR during the last few days.

In Bangassou, they are seen ooerating with the UN mission MINUSCA.

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A Toyota supposedly belonging to a Russian element in CAR. The rebel group Coalition of Patriots for Change claim that they have captured a Russian private military contractor but there is no evidence of a captured individual so far.

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A Toyota supposedly belonging to a Russian element in CAR. The rebel group Coalition of Patriots for Change claim that they have captured a Russian private military contractor but there is no evidence of a captured individual so far.

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If a body is recovered with balls inserted in the mouth, then maybe the Russians will take the cannibals with a healthy prince of salt
 
Is that because of the rape and abuse allegations against the French military?

No as they were debunked and proven to have been orchestrated by an "NGO".

Even the UN finds it strange when all the "witnesses" give the exact same story with the exact same blank spots.

But nice try
 
The Russians could take over CAR overnight if the chose to and I cannot see who would respond to such an action.
No more "Barracuda" then ............... ?

Seriously though, it looks like grey-zone Russian mafia neo-colonialism in action. The country will be plundered by them and their local cronies.
 
No more "Barracuda" then ............... ?

Seriously though, it looks like grey-zone Russian mafia neo-colonialism in action. The country will be plundered by them and their local cronies.
Strange, but I don't seem to have read in the Guardian and the rest of the western press about the howl's of outrage about white mercenaries in Africa. Remember all the whinning in the UN and OAU when EO were operating in Sierra Leone in the mid nineties, even though they were doing some good and the SL government was happy with them.

I wonder if it is anything to do with the fact that Vlad doesn't give a flying fluck what the westermn press, UN or OAU think.
 
Video of an armed Gazelle used by Wagner in CAR.

Interestingly, the helicopter have CAR roundels.

In this report, the door gunner is from CAR but there is no guarantee that it is always the case.

 
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In this report, the door gunner is from CAR but there is no guarantee that it is always the case.

I would hazard a guess that it would be unlikely if Russian troops were on the ground .......
 

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