Since 2013, after the Muslim majority Seleka armed opposition seized power, anti-balaka militia groups dominated by Christians and pantheists have organized long-term retaliation operations. The Central African Republic has been deeply involved in religious and ethnic conflicts, and the political situation is very unstable.
Reuters reported in December 2018 that the government had asked the international community to help fight the rebels in 2017, but restricted by the United Nations arms sales ban in 2013, the country must be approved by the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee for the Central African Republic. France and Russia are both members of the Commission, and France is concerned about Russias growing influence and military presence in Central Africa.
At the end of 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin also responded. He stressed that the death of three journalists in Central Africa was a tragedy, but they arrived in Africa without approval. With regard to overseas mercenaries, Putin said that everything depends on Russian legislation. If there is no violation of any regulations, then Wagner can operate anywhere in the world and pursue their commercial interests.
Our people have a very high recognition of Russia. When it comes to Russia, people know that it is a mature partner that can change the countrys future. Koyala said in an interview with the Russian Satellite News Agency.