PRETORIA, January 23. /TASS/. Russia will make efforts to promote the normalization of the situation in Africa’s hotspots by means of strengthening the peacekeeping potential on the continent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday after talks with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor.
"Russia will actively promote the normalization of the situation in hotbeds of tension in Africa by means of strengthening the peacekeeping capacities of African countries," he said.
According to Lavrov, Russia trains African peacekeepers at its educational establishments and helps equip peacekeeping missions of the African Union and other organizations.
The Russian top diplomat said that among the topics discussed during the talks in South Africa were issues of the settlement of conflicts in the vicinity of the African Great Lakes, in the Central African Republic, Mali, South Sudan, and in northern Mozambique.
"We have a shared opinion that the Africans should decide on ways of settling these problems on their continent independently," Lavrov stressed.