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Lavrov promises Russian aid to Sahel and Gulf of Guinea countries against jihadism


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday (February 7th) promised Moscow's help to the countries of the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea in the face of...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday (February 7th) promised Moscow's aid to the countries of the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea in the face of jihadists.

The fight against terrorism is of course topical for the other countries in the region

,” Sergei Lavrov said during a visit to Mali.

We will provide them with our assistance to overcome these difficulties.

This concerns Guinea, Burkina Faso and Chad, and in general the Sahelo-Sahelian region and even the countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea

,” he said.

“Historic” visit

Sergei Lavrov was speaking at a joint press conference with his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop during a visit billed by both sides as a '


' first for a Russian foreign minister to the country sahelian.

Sergei Lavrov's visit to this country plagued by jihadist violence and a deep multidimensional crisis concretizes the rapprochement operated by the Malian colonels since 2021, at the same time as they broke the military alliance with France and its partners.

Russian commitment against the “neocolonial approaches” of the West

Sergei Lavrov has promised Mali continued military support in the form of arms deliveries and the dispatch of hundreds of men, described according to sources as Russian army instructors or mercenaries from Wagner, a group of private security to the decried actions.

He also promised increased Russian engagement on the continent, which he said was confronted with the "

neocolonial approaches

" of the West.


We are going to give our support to the solution of problems on the African continent, we constantly work on the principle that African problems must be solved with African solutions

," he said.

Source: lefigaro

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