Russia Pledges To Provide More Military Aid, Instructors To Burkina Faso

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has promised the Burkina Faso government that his country would send additional military supplies and instructors to help the country boost its defence capabilities.

Russian state media quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday when he visited Burkina Faso as part of his tour to African countries.

The West Africa been country has been under military leadership since a 2022 coup and has played host to contingents of the Wagner mercenary force, whose founder Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash last August.

“From the very first contacts between our countries after President (Ibrahim) Traoré came to power, we have been very closely engaged in all areas of cooperation, including the development of military and military-technical ties”, TASS news agency cited Lavrov as saying during a visit to Burkina Faso.

“I have no doubt that thanks to this cooperation, the remaining pockets of terrorism on the territory of Burkina Faso will be destroyed,” he told a press conference in the capital Ouagadougou.

Lavrov has made a series of visits to Africa since the start of the war in Ukraine as Russia, hit by Western sanctions, seeks new trade partners and tries to rally developing countries behind its vision of a “multipolar world” no longer dominated by the United States and former European colonial powers.

Growing Russian security ties with Africa, including countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger where military leaders have seized power in coups, are a source of concern to the U.S. and other Western governments.