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.