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Putin’s talks with Mali, Niger confirm DDM’s findings on increasing Kremlin influence in Sahel, W’Africa



President Vladimir Putin of Russia

A recent development in international relations where Russian President Vladimir Putin held security talks with Mali and Niger confirms (DDM) report that Russia is gaining stronger foothold in the Sahel and West African fringes

In the report, diplomatic sources available to DDM had stated that recent rebuff of US by Niger may have been at the promptings of Kremlin.

On Wednesday, Puting and Mali’s junta leader Assimi Goita engaged in a phone call to discuss security and economic cooperation.

The two leaders agreed to further collaborate in the fight against terrorism, highlighting the growing partnership between Mali and Russia.

Mali has emerged as a key ally of Russia, with Russian mercenaries being deployed to the country to combat jihadist insurgents.

This move underscores Putin’s efforts to strengthen ties with countries in West and Central Africa following his re-election.

In addition to Mali, Putin also held discussions with the leader of the Republic of Congo to enhance bilateral relations.

Furthermore, Putin’s conversation with Niger’s junta leader focused on bolstering security cooperation in the region.

Notably, Niger recently terminated its military agreement with the United States, aligning itself with Mali and Burkina Faso in turning to Russia for support.

This shift in alliances has led to the formation of the Alliance of Sahel States, a cooperation pact aimed at addressing security threats in the region.

The strategic realignment of these African nations towards Russia reflects a changing geopolitical landscape and highlights the increasing influence of Putin’s administration in the region.

As these countries seek to address security challenges and strengthen their economies, cooperation with Russia appears to be a viable option.

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Overall, the phone call between Putin and Goita signifies a deepening of ties between Russia and Mali, with broader implications for security and economic cooperation in the region.

It will be interesting to observe how this evolving partnership shapes the geopolitical dynamics in West and Central Africa in the coming months.

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