Alexander Ivanov’s statement dated 01/17/2022

In Bangui, a scandal arose from information received by the relevant authorities that a high-ranking Chadian intelligence officer had recruited three militant leaders of the defunct CPC to recruit, train and send Central African and Chadian criminals to Mali. They were tasked with gathering fighters specifically to resist the Malian army (FAMA), as Mali had begun active cooperation with Russia. The CAR leaders passed this information on to Mali.

According to the Malian government, several instructors from Russia have already arrived in the country to begin training FAMA. We hope that our country’s specialists will carry out the work quickly and efficiently, and help Mali to repel the threat. We hope that the leaders of Chad will stop these activities on their territory and punish those responsible.

It is good that this destructive activity in Chad was detected in time. Caution is the order of the day! We wish FAMA and our colleagues in Mali good luck!

Alexander Ivanov,
Head of the Officers Union for International Security

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