Russia and South Sudan

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Russia officially recognizes South Sudan.

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January 24, 2012: Russia has decided to withdraw helicopters and personnel serving in the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan. Russian envoy to South Sudan Mikhail Margelov in a statement said, "The Russian contingent of peacekeepers made a meaningful contribution to the process of the peaceful division of the state (Sudan), which ended in July of last year,". Some of the Russian personnel and Mi-8MT helicopters would be withdrawn by April 1, 2012.

January 2012: Moscow says that it is concerned about the attacks on utility helicopters operated by the Russian military for UNMISS.

August 10, 2011: Russian Federation Ambassador Sergey N Shishkin met Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Alor Kuol today in his office met to discuss the diplomatic and bilateral relations between the two nations. Sergey said that Russia recognizes South Sudan and that Russian companies are keen to invest in the nation.

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