Russia Reopens Embassy In Burkina Faso Shutdown In 1992

Afimag.com –

The West African nation’s government and a Russian diplomat have on December 28, 2023, announced the reopening of Russia embassy in Burkina Faso after three decades of closure.

Russian ambassador to Ivory Coast, Alexei Saltykov, said President Vladimir Putin would name the new envoy for the embassy which was closed in 1992.

A statement by Burkinabe foreign ministry added that Russia has officially reopened its embassy on December 28 in Ouagadougou.

Russian ambassador to Ivory Coast added that he would head the mission in Burkina Faso until the new ambassador is named.

Recall that Burkina Faso, last year, recorded two military coups which was spurred by discontent at failures to stem a raging jihadist insurgency.

Since September 2022, the junta took over power, it has created gap in France, its historic partner and former colonial power, and moved closer to Russia.

Also, on October, Burkina Faso signed a deal with Russia for the construction of a nuclear power plant to increase the energy supply to the Sahel country where less than a quarter of the population has access to electricity.

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