MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Central African Republic (CAR) and Russia have a history of strong cultural ties which they need to restore, CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera told Sputnik in an interview.
"We have very good relations with Russia," Touadera said. "But we’d like our relationship to become more robust to increase cooperation because we used to have very good cultural ties in the past in terms of educating students and teachers. So I think there is room for improved cooperation."
Russia has been contributing to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In the past, the Soviet Union trained thousands of Africans for free at its universities as part of a policy to strengthen ties with the continent.