Daily Israel Report

Russian Officers Train PA Police

Russian officers are in Israel training the police force of the Palestinian Authority. The Russians have refused to give details of the number of instructors or the length of the training period.
By Naomi Grossman
First Publish: 10/20/2005, 1:36 PM / Last Update: 10/20/2005, 10:13 AM

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has reported that the officers are “restructuring” the PA forces.

This is the first time that Russia has sent officers into Israel to train PA policemen, even though defense links have existed between Russia the PA since the latter was first established.

In an official statement, Ivanov confirmed that representatives of the Russian foreign and defense ministries are “helping to train Palestinian police forces, due to a deterioration in these forces’ powers since the intifada.”