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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Peacekeepers

MOSCOW -- Russia will more than double the number of its servicemen available for peacekeeping operations, a senior general said Monday.

Georgy Shpak, commander of the elite paratroops, which Russia sends on peacekeeping missions abroad, told Itar-Tass 5,500 more servicemen would be taken on in 2000 and up to 4,000 more next year.

Russia has 3,600 troops serving alongside NATO in Kosovo and a 1,300-member contingent in Bosnia.

Another 1,500 troops are deployed in Georgia, where they guard the border with the breakaway Abkhazia region along the Black Sea.