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Mali junta receives Five military Russian jets and helicopter to fight Insurgency

Mali has received five military jets and a combat helicopter from Russia – a close ally in its fight against a jihadist insurgency.

At a ceremony for the handover, Defence Minister Sadio Camara paid tribute to what he called Mali’s win-win partnership with Russia.

The Malian presidency tweeted images of the military equipment:

Ties between the two countries have grown since a coup in May last year.

That second military take-over in just over a year plus Mali’s decision to hire Russian mercenaries were key reasons why France chose to pull its troops out of the country.

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