Germany demands clarification on the presence of Russian troops in Mali | News from Germany about Germany | DW

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The German government has asked Mali’s transitional government for clarification about the alleged presence of Russian security forces at Gao airport. The German ambassador in Bamako addressed the Malian Foreign Ministry with a corresponding request, the official representative of the German Foreign Ministry said in Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

“It’s a development event that changes the mission environment,” he added, referring to: participation of the Bundeswehr as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission for Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA). According to him, the German government is also in talks with the United Nations about this issue.

A spokeswoman for the German Defense Ministry said 20-30 people in military uniforms who were not related to the Malian armed forces were seen at Gao airport. They were seen loading and unloading an aircraft that may have been… handed over to Mali by Russiashe noted.

Germany suspends Bundeswehr mission in Mali. on

Last week , the German Defense Ministry announced the completion of the Bundeswehr ‘s mission in Mali . at “until further notice”. The reason for this decision was the disagreement with the government of the North African country, namely the following denial of the right to fly to transport new personnel. This right was not granted, despite a commitment to do so from the government of Mali.

At the end of June, the UN Security Council extended the MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali for another year. The German Bundeswehr is currently deploying more than 1,000 of its soldiers for the mission. Meanwhile, the work of peacekeepers in Mali is complicated by a number of circumstances related to tensions between this West African country and its international partners and the activation of extremist groups in the country.

France withdraws all its troops from Mali

Since the military coup in May 2021, the country has been ruled by a military junta with close ties to Russia and its services. PMC Wagnerwhose fighters in Mali are called “military advisers”.

In February 2022, amid tensions between the French authorities and the military junta in power in Mali, Paris announced a decision to operation “Barkhan” and military operation “Takuba”, in which several other European countries participate under the command of France. On August 15, the Elysee Palace press service reported that Mali had abandoned the last French soldier to participate in Operation Barkhane.

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