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World: Mali-Russian soldiers in Timbuktu after the French withdrawal

eight soldiers killed in an ambush in western Mali

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Mali-Securite / Russia: Mali-Russian soldiers in Timbuktu after the French withdrawal

Bamako, January 6 (Reuters) - Russian soldiers deployed in Timbuktu, in Northern Mali, in order to train Malian forces in a base that the French troops have left in December, a spokesman for the Malian army said on Thursday.

The transitional government announced last month that "Russian trainers" had arrived in Mali, without saying anything about their assignment, nor of their number.

This situation caused a strong reaction from France and its European allies, who warned the Malian authorities against any deployment of mercenaries of the Russian private security company WAGNER.

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Bamako ensures that the Russian soldiers arrived in Mali are regular troops deployed as part of a bilateral defense agreement, under which Moscow also provided equipment to the Malian army.

"We bought (in Russia) new planes and equipment. It costs a lot cheaper to train on the spot than to go there. Where is the evil?", Asked for the holder. Word of the Malian army interviewed by Reuters.

The spokesman did not specify how many Russian soldiers had been sent to Timbuktu and the locals interviewed by Reuters said that although they are visible in the streets of the city, they did not know how much they were.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not immediately responded to Reuters' solicitations.

The French forces left Timbuktu and several others of their bases in northern Mali last month as part of the reorganization of Operation Barkhane announced last summer by President Emmanuel Macron, who must translate into a reduction. substantial staff. (Report of Tiemoko Diallo, with Polina Devitt in Moscow, written by Aaron Ross, French version Myriam Rivet and Tangi Salaün Editing by Gareth Jones)

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