The Central African Republic (CAR) is open for the deployment of full-fledged Russian military bases on top of an existing training facility, the CAR’s Defense Minister Marie-Noëlle Koyara told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency in an interview.
“We haven’t yet talked about developing the base specifically, but this possibility is not excluded in the [August] framework agreement,” she said. “If the presidents, as supreme commanders and leaders of the nation, decide to deploy the base, then our countries will carry it out.”
The defense minister said that the current Russian training center cannot be considered a full-fledged military base.
Russia and the CAR signed a military deal in August 2018. In the framework of the deal approved by the UN Moscow has started training of the CAR Armed Forces. Russia has delivered light arms to CAR security forces and deployed 175 military and civilian instructors to train them.