May 19, 2024
A Russian Delegation Hold Talks With Burkina Faso’s Interim President Ibrahim Traore
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A Russian Delegation Hold Talks With Burkina Faso’s Interim President Ibrahim Traore

A Russian delegation held talks with Burkina Faso’s interim president Ibrahim Traore yesterday at a meeting that included discussions on possible military cooperation.It said the visit, led by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, was a follow-up to talks between Traore and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg in July. The junta-led West African country’s relations with Moscow have been in the spotlight since it booted out French troops in February, fuelling speculation it would deepen security ties with Russia like neighboring Mali, where Russian Wagner mercenaries operate. It did not say if Russian military trainers would be sent to Burkina Faso.

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The visit could be a further sign that Moscow is seeking to shore up its influence in Africa in the wake of the death of mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin, who through the Wagner Group built up a network of interests across several African countries and beyond.

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