Was Russia Behind the Coup in Mali?

Local media have reported that the junta leaders, who forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down, were in Russia on a training program organized by Russian Armed Forces ahead of the military coup. Emmanuel Dupuy, a defense, security, and armament consultant at the Institute of Prospective and Security in Europe says that four of the five members of the G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger), have signed defense agreements with Russia. Russian expert Irina Filatova, Research Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, however says It's difficult to judge how reliable such information is because Moscow has said nothing about it.

President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the official welcoming ceremony for the heads of state and government participating in the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, 23 October 2019.


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