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Vol 64 No 14

Published 6th July 2023


Did Moscow hotline end the UN mission?

The mercenary Wagner group will be the main beneficiary as international peacekeepers prepare to quit and jihadists step up attacks

Malian junta leader Col Assimi Goïta pronounced himself 'very satisfied' on his Twitter account following a lengthy phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 14 June. The two men discussed Russian deliveries of wheat, fertiliser and fuel, while Goïta also thanked Putin for the latter's assistance in fighting terrorism and stabilising the situation in Mali.

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