KHARTOUM, Sudan – Russian instructors work in Sudan on the basis of legitimate agreements with the authorities of the North African country, said the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov.
“It is true that our instructors work there [in Sudan], they have been working there for a considerable time and they do so within the framework of bilateral Russian-Sudanese relations, in absolute legitimacy,” Peskov told reporters.
On January 23, the British newspaper The Times reported that alleged Russian mercenaries participated in the repression of the protests in Sudan.
The spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Maria Zaharova, described that report as “a new political provocation, which does not correspond to reality”.
Zaharova confirmed that representatives of Russian private security companies work in Sudan, but assured that they are not linked to the Russian authorities.
At the same time he stressed that the functions of these companies are limited to the training of personnel of the forces of the North African country.
Last month Sudan proposed to Russia to consider the possibility of making commercial payments in its national currencies, says the protocol of a meeting of the Russian-Sudanese intergovernmental commission.
“Sudan proposed to Russia to consider the possibility of using national currencies for payments of commercial operations, as well as to develop correspondent relations between the banks of both countries,” the text says.
It is added that the parties agreed to accelerate the preparations to sign the cooperation memorandum between the central banks of the two countries.
In addition, according to the protocol, Sudan is interested in the participation of Russian companies in the construction of the trans-African railway from Dakar (Senegal) to Port Sudan and Cape Town (South Africa).
Russia confirmed its willingness to work with the operators interested in the framework of this project, although it requested that they present official confirmations of all the States involved, as well as the financial and legal models of the initiative.