Mali's government demands the French president "understand that no one can love Mali better than Malians" after Macron urged Bamako to build a framework that allows an effective fight against terrorists.
The British defence ministry says the move shows Russian forces are under pressure and that the mercenaries are unlikely to make up for the loss of regular infantry units.
Reacting to the German foreign minister's remarks, the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson asked Berlin not to interfere in Ankara's dispute with Athens in the Aegean Sea.
"We understand but we do not appreciate the attempts of France and other EU countries to claim a dominant role in Africa and other regions," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.
Mali junta has accused France of violating its air space after Paris released drone footage of mass burials by “Russian mercenaries” at former French military base.
French army "illegally" flew a drone over the Gossi base, Mali junta says, which was recently handed by departing French forces to Mali and where a mass grave has been found by authorities.
The French military has said the move to discredit the French forces operating in northern Mali is part of a coordinated campaign of multiple information attacks on them that has been going on for months.
The French president is learning yet another hard lesson in foreign policy mere weeks before the April presidential election.
UN chief Antonio Guterres says the body has found evidence that the Central African Republic's army and its foreign supporters violated international humanitarian law.
Over 30 civilians were reportedly killed by government forces and Russian mercenaries contracted to support them in a January 16-17 operation that targeted a rebel group.
Egypt’s President Sisi and his Russian counterpart Putin discussed developments in Libya as well as Moscow's investments in the north African country.
Bamako and Moscow are only involved in a state-to-state partnership and Russia is only supporting the country's national defence and security forces, Mali says.
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