The embassy of Russia in Burkina Faso reopens
The Russian Embassy in Burkina Faso has reopened after being closed for more than three decades, according to the officials who made the announcement.
In the past, Burkina Faso was a close ally of France, a former colonial power; however, since the military took power in a coup in 2022, Burkina Faso has increasingly turned its attention to Russia.French ambassadors have been ousted by the junta, and the military installation that France maintains in the country has been shut down. At the same time, it has been working to enhance its diplomatic and military ties with Russia.
The coup in Burkina Faso, as well as the coups in Mali and Niger, which are nearby countries, had been criticised by France. At a summit between Russia and Africa that took place in St. Petersburg in July, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the announcement that he intends to reopen the embassy.
Following the conclusion of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moscow curtailed its interest in Africa, which resulted in the closure of the embassy in the beginning of 1992.
The Russian state-owned news service Tass stated that the embassy was reopened during a ceremony that took place in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso Republic. So yet, Russia has not announced who would be in charge of the mission.
According to reports from the sources, Alexei Saltykov, the Russian ambassador to Ivory Coast, mentioned that he would be in charge of it until Vladimir Putin made a decision.
The West African state was referred to as “an old partner with whom we have solid and amicable ties,” according to his description.
Russia has made a significant effort in recent years to recover its influence in Africa, and this effort has been led by Mr. Putin.
In the most recent meeting between military officials from Burkina Faso and Russia, which took place in Moscow a month ago, the Minister of Defence of Burkina Faso, Colonel Kassoum Coulibaly, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.
Col. Coulibaly stated that the talks had progressed to a “practical phase” as the Burkina Faso army worked to improve its capabilities. An Islamist insurgency has been one of the countries that Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have been fighting against.
The Wagner mercenary group from Russia has been summoned in by the junta in Mali to assist in the fight against the terrorists while French troops are being expelled.
The junta that governs Burkina Faso has refuted charges that it, too, has brought in Wagner. These allegations were made by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo in the previous year.
In other areas of cooperation, Burkina Faso inked a contract with Russia in July to construct a nuclear power plant in order to increase its energy supply. This was done in order to increase the country’s overall energy supply.
There are fewer than twenty-five percent of the people in the country who have access to power. In addition, Russia dispatched a group of medical professionals to Burkina Faso in order to assist the country in dealing with the tragic outbreaks of dengue fever and chikungunya.