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Mali: Putin promises Goita deliveries of grain, fertiliser and fuel

The Russian president had a telephone conversation with the head of the Malian military junta
Putin reunión con Assimi Goïta líder junta militar de mali

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Russian President Vladimir Putin today discussed possible supplies of food, fertilizer and fuel to Mali in a telephone conversation with Colonel Assimi Goita, the African country's transitional president.

"In particular, the issue of possible Russian food, fertiliser and fuel supplies to Mali was discussed. It was decided that the relevant Russian and Malian departments will activate their practical cooperation" the Kremlin said in a statement.

Goita, who heads a military junta after leading two coups, thanked Putin for Russia's support to Bamako in various areas, after which they discussed the further development of bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic and trade fields.

He also briefed the Russian leader on the situation in the country and the efforts of its leaders for political stabilisation and the fight against terrorist groups.

For his part, Putin said he was convinced that the Russia-Africa summit, to be held next year in St Petersburg, would strengthen the traditional ties of friendship between Moscow and "all the countries of the African continent".

The phone call came after the Malian army today received a new batch of six Russian fighter jets and helicopters, as well as military equipment.

Goita presided over the official ceremony in Bamako in the presence of members of the transitional government and Russian diplomatic representatives.

In recent months, the current transitional government has maintained tense relations with the international community and the United Nations, while strengthening its diplomatic and military cooperation with Russia.

Recently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov toured several countries on the continent. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced a strategic plan for sub-Saharan Africa to contain Russian and Chinese expansion.