Russia sells firearms Mali

Alexander Fomin, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said that Russia made the supply of small arms in Mali, where in today's time is a struggle with the rebels.

In Mali, we provide for the national army firearms: rifles and grenade launchers. "

Malian authorities appealed to Russia for the supply of various types of weapons. According to the head of "Rosoboronexport" Anatoly Isaikina primarily talking about helicopters, armored vehicles and small arms.

According to him, just two weeks ago was sent another batch of small arms. Now, according to Isaikina, experts agencies are negotiating with the government of Mali on the supply of "extra parts, small quantities" of small arms.
According to the former ambassador to Mali Eugene Korendyasova, Russia is interested in resolving the Malian conflict. Russian oil companies have interests in Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone. In addition, he noted that "the Russian government is to protect the private interests of our business, and, of course, we can not in this situation to remain calm Egyptian mummies."

The situation in this West African country has escalated recently — Adventure extremist groups began attacking government troops positions in the central part of the country. To help the troops in Mali January 10 French soldiers arrived. Currently, the country is about 4 thousand troops from France, are also involved in the operation of the military member countries of the Economic Community of West African States.

Subsequently, in the media, there is evidence that Russia will help the authorities Mali transport services, but shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that such services in a transaction in Mali can provide a private domestic airline, the Russian authorities leave it up to individual carriers.

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