Moscow has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries, that have recently formed joint military forces to counter terrorism and organized crime, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at the UN Security Council’s meeting.
According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow welcomes the establishment of a special counter-terrorism force of the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel, consisting of Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad), which has been approved by a UN Security Council Resolution. “We believe that this is an appropriate response to the regional challenges based on the ‘African solutions to the African problems’ principle. We are confident that this is the only way to ensure sustainable peace in Africa,” the Russian permanent representative stressed.
Nebenzya also said that “in the era of globalization, terrorism has gone global,” and the threat “can only be eliminated through the establishment of a broad front, which is what Russia has been calling for.” “Besides, our country has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries, and we intend to continue such cooperation because building the capacities of national armed forces is important for enhancing the effectiveness of the G5 Sahel joint forces,” the Russian UN ambassador pointed out.