Canada: Mali: The Air Force has many Russian military planes and helicopters

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The junta, who came to power August 2020, decided to separate from the old French ally and relaunch cooperation with Russia.

  Mali : l'Armée de l'air se dote de nombreux avions et hélicoptères militaires russes © provided by Franceinfo

Mali received new military equipment delivered by its Russian partner on August 9. In his speech, the Minister of Malian Defense Sadio Camara, one of the strong men of the regime, praised the "win-win partnership with the Russian Federation" during an official ceremony in the presence of Russian diplomats and Colonel Assimi Goïta, the Malian transition president.

The air force filled this Tuesday, August 9, 2022 by one of the largest acquisitions which will allow them to deploy wide in the sky to fully ensure the surveillance of the 1,241,238 km2. pic.twitter.com/cg42kyin5m

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- Malian armed forces (@fama_dirpa) August 10, 2022

The colonels who took power by force in August 2020 in this country in full security turmoil decided to separate from old French ally, militarily engaged against the jihadists since 2013 , and to ardently relaunch cooperation with Russia.

"The Filled Air Force"

Russia had already delivered in March several fight helicopters and weapons. Mali has thus welcomed, in large numbers, which the junta presents as Russian instructors. "The air force filled this Tuesday, August 9, 2022 by one of the largest acquisitions which will allow them to deploy wide in heaven to fully ensure the surveillance of the 1,241,238 km²", is replaying the Malian army in a Communiqué .

"" We consolidate our capacity for recognition and attack with hunting planes L39 and Sukhoi 25, which are added to the Super Tucano and other devices already in endowment. As well as the MI24P type attack helicopters, which are added to the MI35 and the MI24 already delivered ""

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Sadio Camara, Minister of Defense

Western partners denounce the appeal of the junta to the services of the Russian Russian Safety Company Wagner , to the actions decried. The junta denies and speaks of ancient partnership with the Russian army. Russia had admitted in May a presence of Wagner in Mali "on a commercial basis". No information has been made public as to the conditions for acquiring equipment.

Threat jihadist

Mali has been plunged into turmoil since 2012. The jihadist propagation , first confined to the north of the country, spread to the center and south of Mali, as well as in Burkina Faso and Niger . Bamako was 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 in early July after the presentation of an electoral calendar fixing the next presidential election to 2024. Bamako announced that it has raised for 277 billion CFA francs ( About 420 million euros) from investors on the sub-regional market of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).

Mali: Paris condemns the "multiplication of information manipulation" .
© Yuri Kadobnov The Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop, on May 20, 2022 in Moscow France "condemned" on Thursday "multiplication" according to She "manipulation of information" in Mali, who asked the UN Security Council an emergency meeting to put an end to what he presents as "the acts of aggression" of Paris.

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