Russia has supplied weapons to the CAR military after gaining U.N. authorization to do so.
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Touting military cooperation and "instructors," arms deals and investment, Russia is making a comeback in Africa after years of inactivity and now aims to rival European countries and even China. Moscow has worked hard over the last three years to strengthen its position in Africa, a pace that seems to have accelerated in recent months, analysts say.It has also sent five military officers and 170 civilians as "instructors" for the CAR's armed forces, even though its troops are already being trained by the European Union.Russia is shipping arms to Cameroon for its fight with Boko Haram Islamist militants and forged military partnerships with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Angola and cooperation on nuclear power with Sudan.In addition, Russia has none of Europe's colonial baggage in Africa – something that may appeal to African countries, where many top officials received university education in the Soviet Union.
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