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    Russian Defenсe Ministry Delivers Small Arms to Gabon for Free to Fight Poaching

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia delivered small arms for free to Gabon to help the former French colony on the west coast of Africa fight poaching and protect national parks, the Russian Defenсe Ministry said on Thursday.

    "The Russian Defenсe Ministry carried out delivery of small arms for free to the Gabon Republic to support the government of this country in the fight against poaching and the protection of national parks", the Ministry said.

    Gabon is implementing a program for the protection of rare animals, mostly forest elephants, the Ministry said, adding that their population in Gabon is the largest in Africa.

    The money received from the sale of ivory mostly goes to criminal organizations of the region, it noted.

    This delivery of weapons is reportedly the first in the history of relations between Gabon and Russia or the Soviet Union.

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