Russia’s Putin, Mali’s Assimi Goita discuss security and economic relations

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the leader of the transition in Mali Colonel Assimi Goita discussed Wednesday over the phone security and economic relations between their two countries.

“Very satisfied with my telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin,” Goita said on Twitter following the conversation. “We had direct and sincere exchanges on subjects of common interest and on our desire to strengthen our diplomatic, economic and security relations,” he added.

Putin’s office indicated that Goita thanked Vladimir Putin for the humanitarian aid provided, as well as for the help given to ensure security, neutralize the terrorist threat and stabilize the situation” in Mali. The two leaders paid “particular attention” to trade and economic relations, including the delivery of cereals, fertilizers, and fuel by Russia to Mali, the Kremlin confirmed.

Goita came to power in 2020 in a coup and cut off ties with former colonial power France to the advantage of Russia that Bamako deems a strategic partner in the fight against terrorism that gripped the country for several years now. Russia has delivered Mali multiple military equipment including vehicles, helicopters, and fighter jets.

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