Mali’s junta ruling government have announced that it has cut all ties with France following recent violation of its airspace.

Earlier, Paris had released footages of mass burials after flying a drone over a former French military base in the West African country.

The burial sites were also tied to Russian mercenaries.

The recent severity means that defence accords will now end on all fronts with the junta condemning the ‘flagrant violations’ by the French troops.

Speaking on the development, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga referred to past instances where France had acted without regards to Mali’s airspace restrictions.

“For some time now, the government of the Republic of Mali notes with regret a profound deterioration in military cooperation with France,” he stated.

Maiga further touched on the French stance in June 2021, when joint operations had been negated; following sour relations at the time. Recall that the junta had seized power several years ago, gaining prominence over time in the African nation.

On this occasion, Mali’s junta forces claimed that the French had spied and subverted by filming the burial of bodies by mercenaries.

In their words, a drone had flown over the Gossi base on April 20—exactly one day after French forces handed the military base back to Mali.

In response, an announcement was made last week concerning an inquiry into the discovery of a mass grave at the Gossi base. Russian mercenaries were said to have covered the bodies at the site.

Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, whilst speaking in an interview with Mediaset denied Russia’s affiliation to ‘Wagner Group’, a private Russian military company operating in Mali and Libya; who have also been linked to the incident.

“My esteemed colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian as well as (EU foreign policy chief) Josep Borr ell back in September 2021 told me directly that Russia has nothing to do in Africa either through state channels or through private military companies because Africa is a zone (of interests) of the EU and France,” Lavrov claimed.

“We also explained the situation that has developed in Libya, where this private military company was invited by the authorities in the city of Tobruk, where the Libyan parliament is located.

“They are there on a commercial basis, as well as in Mali”, he stated.

Since becoming the ruling power in Mali, the junta forces and French troops have seen tensions grow over time between them, a relationship which had been less dramatic since Mali gained independence from their colonial masters—France.

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