Mali and Russia discuss the construction of nuclear power stations

On February 28, 2024, Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop, initiated a promising chapter during his visit to Moscow, engaging in discussions with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. This meeting is part of a shared commitment to strengthen ties between Mali and Russia, aiming to establish mutually beneficial cooperation.

The focal point of discussions revolved around the project to build nuclear power plants in Mali.

Abdoulaye Diop confirmed the commitment to this energy transition while acknowledging the need to implement two solar plants in the short to medium term to meet the country’s energy needs.

This shift toward nuclear energy stems from a previous agreement signed in October between Russia and Mali, with the involvement of Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy corporation.

This agreement encompasses the development of nuclear infrastructure in Mali, personnel training, nuclear research facilities, and public awareness of this peaceful form of energy.

Abdoulaye Diop expressed Mali’s aspiration to elevate its economic relations with Russia, aligning the economic dimension with the already firmly established quality of political, military, and security ties between the two countries.

Bilateral relations between Mali and Russia are on a constant upswing, evident in various domains.

A Russian delegation is expected in Mali next week, marking a renewed momentum towards the realization of joint projects.

This strengthened collaboration reflects the determination of both nations to explore mutual opportunities, not only in the economic realm but also in sectors such as defense and energy.

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