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Russia Strengthens Ties With Burkina Faso as New Ambassador Takes Charge

© AP Photo / Kilayé BationoSupporters of Capt. Ibrahim Traore cheer with Russian flags in the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
Supporters of Capt. Ibrahim Traore cheer with Russian flags in the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 04.05.2024
On December 28, after a 31-year gap, the Russian Embassy in Ouagadougou resumed its operations. According to Karamoko Jean-Marie Traoré, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, the move indicates the "strengthening of diplomatic relations" between the countries, adding that Russia is "a truly strategic partner" for the West African country.
Russia has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening relations with Burkina Faso as Igor Martynov assumes the role of the new Russian ambassador to the West African nation.
Alexey Saltykov, the Russian ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire who previously served as envoy to Burkina Faso, expressed his congratulations and optimism for continued collaboration.
"I would like to sincerely congratulate Igor Martynov on his appointment to the trusted position of Russian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and wish him every success in his work to develop relations with the country," Alexey Saltykov told Sputnik Africa.
The resumption of work at the embassy in Ouagadougou at the end of last year is "an event of great importance for bilateral relations," he stressed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Interim President of Burkina Faso Captain Ibrahim Traore before a meeting at the Constantine (Konstantinovsky) Palace in Strelna near St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, July 29, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 28.12.2023
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Russian Embassy Resumes Activities in Burkina Faso's Capital After 31-Year Hiatus
This "will give an impetus to the development of our long-standing ties, the friendly relations between Russia and Burkina Faso," the diplomat added.
"The opening of our embassy in Ouagadougou undoubtedly reflects Russia's policy of strengthening relations with African countries. This effort will help expand the role of the African continent in the international arena. It fits perfectly into the context of multipolarity," Saltykov said.
Since the reopening of the Russian embassy in Ouagadougou in December 2023, Saltykov has served as Russia's envoy to Burkina Faso before the appointment of the new ambassador.