Nov. 25 marks 40 years since the beginning of Russian peacekeeping activities under the auspices of the UN. On this day in 1973, the first group of Soviet peacekeepers were given their official uniforms by UN officials in Cairo. They were presented with blue berets and scarves as well as a special form of personal identification.
Over the years, Russian military peacekeepers have taken part in peacekeeping operations in Angola, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Metohija, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia, among others.
Russian soldiers and officers have played the leading role in peacekeeping operations in Tajikistan, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.
Russian peacekeepers are currently involved in an operation in the Transdniester conflict zone in Moldova.
First published in Russian in Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
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