When France and Russia meet in Paris on Friday, France’s foreign and armed forces ministers will emphasise their governments concern over the Kremlin’s activities in West Africa.
Of Recent, relations between Russia and France have been tensed over the role of Russian mercenaries in West Africa, where France has thousands of troops fighting Islamist militants.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said the mercenaries are working at the behest of Moscow.
“This meeting will discuss the political and military dimensions of regional and international crises, in particular with regard to the situations in Ukraine and in the Sahel-Saharan strip in which France will express its concerns about Russia’s actions,” a joint statement by the French foreign and armed forces ministries said.
Diplomatic and security sources said that Mali’s military junta is close to recruiting mercenaries from the Russia Wagner Group.