An Antonov-124 Ruslan cargo plane landed in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, on Thursday. The plane delivered the first batch of ten Russian armored personnel carriers BRDM-2.
“The first batch of the vehicles have been delivered. Another ten are due to arrive on October 20,” a Russian embassy official said.
CAR President, Faustine-Archange Touadera, held a parade at the airport with respect to the armored personnel carriers. The Russian embassy official also said that the carriers were a gift from Russia to the Central African country. Russia has been supporting the war-stricken nation. The carriers will help the country deal with the insecurities as more support from Russia is expected to follow suit.
The United Nations applauded the Russian aid. Through its Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the UN welcomed the arrival of the Russian military equipment.
“The supply of military vehicles would help enhance security ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections due on December 27,” the UN said in a statement.
The Central African country has seen tensions rise as the December 27 elections get closer. The UN has been keen on maintaining peace in the country.