Mali junta speaks with Russia on Niger coup

By Gift Habib

Mali’s military leader, Assimi Goita, on Tuesday, said Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution over the Niger Republic coup, where a junta seized power in a coup last month.

Goita spoke to Putin over the phone to update him about the situation in Niger.

Goita, via his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter said Putin “stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the situation for a more stable Sahel.”

It was feared the military may seek to switch allegiance to Russia and close French and US bases there.

Putin has called for a return to constitutional order in Niger, while Wagner chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin welcomed the coup.

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