Mali receives new military equipment from Russia

Mali received, on Tuesday 9 August, new military equipment handed over by its Russian partner, an AFP journalist reported Tuesday in Bamako, and announced that it had collected nearly 420 million euros from the sub-regional market.

Mali’s Defense Minister, Sadio Camara, one of the regime’s strongmen, praised in his speech, A win-win partnership with the Russian Federation During an official ceremony in the presence of Russian diplomats and Colonel Asmi Guta, head of the transition period.

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The colonels, who seized power by force in August 2020 in this country in the midst of security turmoil, decided to break away from the old French ally, which has been militarily involved against the jihadists since 2013 and to resume cooperating aggressively with Russia.

Russia has already delivered several combat helicopters and weapons in March. Mali has welcomed in large numbers what the junta is offering as Russian trainers.

Western partners, for their part, denounced the military council’s use of the services of the Russian private security company Wagner, denouncing the actions. The military council denies and talks about a previous partnership with the Russian army. In May, Russia admitted the presence of Wagner in Mali “on a commercial basis”.

“Historic Celebration”

“I must say that today’s ceremony is historic, both in nature, in quality or in scale of what it offers us, of which we will present only a part here, the rest of course being run at the time of this ceremony.”Mr. Camara said. “We are supplementing our reconnaissance and attack capabilities with L39 and Sukhoi 25 combat aircraft, which have been added to the Super Tucano and other aircraft already in service. In addition to the Mi24P attack helicopters, which have been added to the already delivered Mi35 and Mi24”, he added. No information has been announced regarding the conditions for obtaining this equipment.

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Mali has been in turmoil since 2012. The jihadists, initially confined to the north of the country, have spread to the center and then the south, as well as to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Bamako has also been sanctioned for six months by its neighbors in West Africa for not respecting its electoral commitments. These economic and financial sanctions, which have had a major impact on the economy, were lifted in early July after the introduction of an electoral calendar setting out the next presidential election in 2024.

Mali announced on Tuesday that it has raised 277 billion CFA francs (about 420 million euros) from investors in the sub-regional market of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).

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