Mali Receives Two Combat Helicopters From Russia to Battle Insurgency

Mali Receives Two Combat Helicopters From Russia To Battle Insurgency (News Central TV)
Mali Receives Two Combat Helicopters From Russia To Battle Insurgency (News Central TV)

Russia has provided Mali’s military with two combat helicopters and two sophisticated radar systems to aid in the fight against insurgency.

After a series of confrontations with France, the junta that seized power in 2020 has built deeper connections with Russia.

After almost a decade of fighting the terrorist menace, the former colonial power began withdrawing its troops from the West African country last month. Approximately 75% of French troops are said to have left.

The Wagner Group of Russian mercenaries is now reported to be assisting Mali’s military, though the junta has refused to confirm their presence.

In an interview with France24 on Wednesday, France’s foreign minister warned that Mali’s military chiefs had become “hostage” to the Wagner mercenaries.

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Jean-Yves le Drian accused Wagner of abusing human rights and exploiting Mali’s natural riches.

Mali’s Defence Minister, Col Sadio Camara, downplayed the criticism, claiming that the Russian-supplied equipment allowed the force the autonomy it needed to fight militants.

In January 2021, Mali’s Air Force took delivery of two Mi-35 combat helicopters from Russia, as part of a 2016 order for four.


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