U.S. urges Russia to be transparent in CAR

U.S. urges Russia to be transparent in CAR

Moscow earlier said it was sending its military instructors to the country

The U.S. called for transparency and an end to violence after Russia said it sent 300 military instructors to the Central African Republic on the eve of elections in the country.

“Our position has always been that countries that provide assistance, military or otherwise, should do so in a transparent and coordinated way, and that assistance should support the people of the CAR in their quest for effective governance and stability,” a State Department spokesman said in response to an AFP question about Russia’s role.

The State Department said it “deplores” the increase in violence before the elections, including the brief takeover by rebels of the country’s fourth largest city, Bambari.

“We call on all parties to cease hostilities and allow the people of the Central African Republic to exercise their right to participate in peaceful elections on Dec. 27,” a State Department spokesman said.

Russia said Tuesday it was sending military trainers to the CAR at the government’s request after an alleged coup attempt.