Mali expects Russia to send out shipments of gas, fertiliser and food stuff really worth close to $100 million to Mali in the coming months, the West African country’s economic climate minister, Alousseini Sanou, claimed on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the provision of such materials with his Malian counterpart in August – a indication of deepening ties as Bamako’s romantic relationship soured with its very long-time ally and former colonial ruler, France.

Speaking on national tv from Moscow, Sanou explained Russia was heading to send out 60,000 tonnes of petroleum solutions, 30,000 tonnes of fertiliser and 25,000 tonnes of wheat.

Mali’s ruling armed service junta came to energy in a 2020 coup and has sparred continuously with neighbouring nations around the world and Western powers in excess of election delays, alleged army abuses and cooperation with Russian mercenaries in its combat towards an Islamist insurgency.

Fighters from the Wagner Team, a Kremlin-joined private navy enterprise, have been supporting the Malian military in its combat due to the fact late very last calendar year.

In Oct, Putin advised Mali’s interim president, Assimi Goita, that Moscow was dedicated to strengthening cooperation to assist root out “terrorist groups” in Mali.