The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop went to Moscow last May, where he was received by his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. In July, the Russian Foreign Minister toured several African countries.
Mali on Tuesday received new military equipment delivered by its Russian partner, noted an AFP journalist on Tuesday in Bamako, and announced that it had raised 277 billion CFA francs (about C$552 million) on the underground market. regional.
In his speech, the Malian Minister of Defence, Sadio Camara, one of the strong men of the regime, praised the win-win partnership with the Russian Federation during #x27;an official ceremony in the presence of Russian diplomats and Colonel Assimi Goïta, the Malian transitional president.
The colonels, who took power by force in August 2020 in this country in the midst of security turmoil, have decided to separate from the old French ally engaged militarily against the jihadists since 2013 and to relaunch ardently cooperation with Russia.
Russia had already delivered several combat helicopters and weapons in March. Mali has welcomed in large numbers what the junta presents as Russian instructors.
Western partners denounce for their part the use of the junta to the services of the private Russian security company Wagner, the decried actions. The junta denies this and says it is a former partnership with the Russian army.
Russia had admitted in May a presence of Wagner in Mali on a commercial basis.
I must say that today's ceremony is historic, both in the nature, the quality and the volume of what you are handing over to us, of which we will only be exhibiting a part here. , the rest of course being engaged in operations at the time of this ceremony, said Mr. Camara.
We are consolidating our reconnaissance and attack capability with L39 and Sukhoi 25 fighter jets, in addition to the Super Tucano and other aircraft already in service. As well as the Mi24P type attack helicopters, which are added to the already delivered Mi35 and Mi24, he added.
No information x27;has been made public as to the conditions for acquiring the equipment.
Mali has been in turmoil since 2012. The spread of jihadism, initially confined to the north of the country, has spread to central and southern Mali, as well as to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
Bamako was also sanctioned for six months by its West African neighbors for not having respected its electoral commitments. These economic and financial sanctions, which had a considerable effect on the economy, were lifted at the beginning of July after the presentation of an electoral calendar fixing the next presidential election in 2024.
On Tuesday, Mali announced that it had raised 277 billion CFA francs (some C$552 million) from investors in the sub-regional market of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).