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MOSCOW, May 29 /TASS/. Russia gives priority to UN peacekeeping operations regarding them as one of the world organization’s instruments to settle international and internal state conflicts, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday on the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
"Russian servicemen and police forces are currently participating in nine UN peacekeeping missions in various parts of the world," the Russian Foreign Ministry went on to say. "Russian air groups and military contingents operated as part of the UN peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan," the foreign ministry said.
The United Nations has instituted 71 peacekeeping missions since it was founded 70 years ago. About 125,000 servicemen, policemen and civil employees are involved in the UN peacekeeping operations now. Over the years of UN peacekeeping activities, 3,358 peacekeepers, including 51 Russians, have given their lives for the sake of peace on Earth.
"We pay tribute to the fallen peacekeepers," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The provisions of the United Nations Charter and the fundamental principles of carrying out peacekeeping operations form the unshakable foundation of the UN peacekeeping activities. These basic principles include the consent of the receiving party; neutrality and the use of force in strict compliance with the mandate, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.