French army hands over 4th military base under their control in Mali, to the Mali-Russian alliance, as they exit Mali after decades, on the orders of the new Malian leader.
Opinion: “Russians better with war on terror.” as Russian weapons pour in and flag raised”
The Western mission to Mali initially began as one designed to crush Islamic jihadis in the region. It has deteriorated considerably since jihadis have regrouped, aided by two coups in the former French colony since May 2020.
Currently, relations between Paris and the military government in Mali which assumed and consolidated power in the coups are at an all-time low.
Recently Mali’s military junta indefinitely postponed scheduled elections, irking Western partners.
Another source of controversy is the presence of some 1,000 mercenaries from the Russian private security group Wagner. They arrived after the French began to hand over power at military bases to Malian forces.
France has some 4,300 troops in the Sahel region as part of the Barkhane force, which is also involved in Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Of those, some 2,400 were stationed in Mali.
The deployment to Mali has been fraught with problems for France with 48 of the 53 soldiers killed in its Barkhane mission having died there.
Germany has some 1,300 troops deployed in Mali, as part of the EUTM and the UN’s MINUSMA mission.
FFK noted that “This is the greatest and best development for Africa. Let the Russians come in to assist in the fight against terror, neo-colonialism and western dependency and let the West GO”
“The Russians never “use and dump”. They never desert their own. They never enslaved or colonised us”.
They are not interested in establishing a “New World Order” and “one world Government”.
“They do not indulge in deceit and double speak. They do not have a hidden agenda. They are dependable and strong allies. Recent events in Syria prove that”.