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Putin Calls Mali Junta Leader, Advocates For Peaceful Resolution in Niger

In a phone call with Assimi Goita, the leader of Mali’s junta, Vladimir Putin called for a peaceful end to the Niger situation, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

“It was stressed how important it is to solve the situation in the Republic of Niger only through peaceful political and diplomatic means,” the Kremlin said.

Since the coupists in Niger overthrew the freely elected government of Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, Putin has met with the leaders of West Africa who support the coupists.

Last week, he talked about the Niger situation in private with Captain Ibrahim Traore, who is in charge of the military in Burkina Faso.

People thought that the meeting was part of Putin’s plan to meet with military-run countries in West Africa that speak French.

Mali and Burkina Faso have promised to help Niger, while the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) keeps looking for ways to end the situation.