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RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS IN CONFLICT ZONES

Russian Federation Federal Law No. 93-FZ of 23 June, 1995 On Procedures for Deploying Civil and Military Personnel for Activities Related to the Maintenance or Restoration of the International Peace and Security provides a legal framework for the participation of Russian military and civil personnel in peacekeeping operations.

In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and the Russian Federation concerning contributions to the United Nations Standby Arrangements System, New York, 4 April 2002, Russia undertook to deploy four military helicopters MI-24, four attack cargo helicopters Mi-8 MT, one field engineer company and one field hospital on the request of the UN in a three months’ time.

As of July 2012, 83 Russian peacekeepers (70 military observers and 13 policemen) participated in 10 out of 16 UN operations aimed at maintenance of peace and security.

70 military observers are taking part in 7 UN operations, including in the Democratic Republic of Congo (26 people of staff), West Sahara (18 people), Cote d’Ivoire (10 people), South Sudan (5 people), Liberia (4 people), the Middle East (4 people), the Abyei District, Sudan (2 people); 4 Russian militaries have been included in the UN Observer Mission in Syria.

13 staff members of the Ministry of Home Affairs take part in three peacekeeping operations, including in Liberia (7 people), East Timor (3 people), and Haiti (3 people).

Civil policemen receive training at the Pan-Russian institute of advanced training of the Ministry of Home Affairs. 359 foreign policemen, including 21people from African countries, graduated from the institute in 2011.

Russia’s contribution to the aggregate budget of the UN peacekeeping operations in 2011-2012 totals USD160bn (2% of the UN’s peacekeeping budget).

Russia is among the largest suppliers of goods and services for peacekeeping activities of the UN.

Presently, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation is forming its Collective peace-keeping forces instituted on 7 October 2007 in Dushanbe in the framework of the Agreement on Peacekeeping Activities of the CSTO