Russian president Putin, Mali’s leader urge political solution for Niger crisis

2023-09-10 21:29:56
Russian president Putin, Mali’s leader urge political solution for Niger crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mali's military ruler, Assimi Goita, on Sunday advocated a political solution in Niger, where the military leaders have say France is planning a "military intervention".

The Kremlin said Putin and Goita had talked by telephone at Bamako's request, The New Arab reported.

They discussed the situation in Niger and said the political crisis sparked by a military takeover on July 26 should be resolved "through political and diplomatic means", the Kremlin said.

The comment came a day after Niger's military rulers accused former colonial power France of assembling troops, weapons and other equipment in several neighbouring West African countries with a view to "military intervention" in Niger.

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has threatened to intervene militarily in Niger over the military takeover, which ousted pro-French president Mohamed Bazoum.

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