A Malian government delegation is in Moscow until Saturday to discuss the partnership between the two countries, which is growing stronger in recent months, in the area of economic and security policy.
Under the leadership of Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, the Malian delegation also includes those for transport, energy and the economy, in particular. His visit to Moscow was marked by the meeting on Friday between Abdoulaye Diop and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. The latter appealed for a deepening of the political, economic and “military-technical” partnership.
On this last point, the head of Russian diplomacy noted the “good dynamics” in relations between the two countries, despite differences in communication. Bamako confirms that it is a matter of security cooperation between states, when Moscow has on several occasions assured that it is private companies operating in Mali.
Criticism of Barkhane’s record As a result, Russia says it is ready to increase “the combat capability of the Malian armed forces”. Especially since, according to Sergei Lavrov, the country faces a risk of “anarchy claves where fighters from illegal armed groups will act freely”. A review of the balance sheet the French force Barkhane and France, whose Russian minister condemned the “colonial mentality”.
Trade was another aspect of the discussion. Sergueï Lavrov promises that Mali will continue to receive wheat, fertilizers and petroleum products despite the sanctions imposed on Moscow. He also stressed that Bamako was also subject to sanctions, which are described as “illegal pressure”.
Before the press Sergei Lavrov also assured that “the resolution of internal political crises in Africa must be carried out primarily by the Africans themselves”, he assures to have exchanged with his Malian counterpart about the continental situation, including “in Guinea, in Burkina Faso, in Chad and Libya”.