Russia ready to assign air wing, hospital, engineering company to UN operations

The Russian Defense Ministry may form a number of units for UN operations abroad, General Staff Chief Gen. of the Army Valery Gerasimov told foreign military attaches in Moscow on Wednesday.

"We are being guided with reserve agreements in our participation in UN missions. They (the agreements) say that Russia will be prepared to assign an air wing, a hospital and an engineering company," he said. As need be, the units may be formed and sent to a conflict zone in consistency with Russian norms.

"Peacekeeping is an important task of the Defense Ministry. The establishment of the 15th separate motorized infantry brigade in Samara with peacekeeping functions is the direct proof to that," the general said. He said that the brigade was supposed to be a part of CSTO peacekeeping forces.

"The brigade servicemen are being trained to fulfill peacekeeping missions. They are taught international laws, specifics of using military force to separate the warring sides and other skills and knacks peacekeepers need to possess," Gerasimov said.

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