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IFX: Mali asked private Russian military firm for help against insurgents

DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN – SEPTEMBER 16, 2021: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on during talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS Òàäæèêèñòàí. Äóøàíáå. Ìèíèñòð èíîñòðàííûõ äåë ÐÔ Ñåðãåé Ëàâðîâ âî âðåìÿ âñòðå÷è ñ ìèíèñòðîì èíîñòðàííûõ äåë Êèòàÿ Âàí È. Ïðåññ-ñëóæáà ÌÈÄ ÐÔ/ÒÀÑÑ

Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help to fight against insurgents, the Interfax news agency reported on Saturday, citing Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Russian government has nothing to do with this cooperation, RIA news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

European Union ties with Mali could be seriously affected if it allows Russian private military contractors to operate in the country, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said earlier this week.

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