Junta breaks defense agreements with France

Mali’s junta has accused France of violating its airspace after Paris broadcast drone footage showing mass burials by “Russian mercenaries” at a former French military base.

The ruling junta in Mali has broken its defense agreements with France, condemning a “major violation” of its national sovereignty by French troops present there.

“For some time, the government of the Republic of Mali has regretfully noted the sharp decline in military cooperation with France,” spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga said in a televised statement on Monday.

Maiga cited several instances where French forces violated the country’s airspace. He also referred to the decision taken by France in June 2021 to end the joint operation with Malian forces.

Tensions have been rising for some time between France and the Malian junta, which took power in August 2000.

Mali has accused the French military of “espionage” and “sabotage” when it filmed the film using a drone that France believes was used by mercenaries burying bodies near a military base. were soldiers.

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The junta said in a statement on Tuesday that the drone was “illegally” flown over Gosi base on April 20, the day French forces returned the site to Mali.

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