A change of power in Niger could give Russia an advantage in confronting the West, French journalist Francisco de Andrés said, according to the Spanish newspaper ABC on August 8.
The journalist believes that developments in Niger could lead to a situation similar to that in Mali and Burkino-Faso. In his opinion, the ideal conditions for the advance of Russia are emerging in north-western Africa, which will allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to create a “vise against Europe” on this territory.
June 26, 2023, Niger saw a military coup. Power was passed to the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland. President of Niger Mohamed Bazuma and his wife were arrested.
A curfew was imposed in the country, and public institutions were shut down. The ex-President’s family was guaranteed physical safety.
Former President Bazuma complained of poor treatment by the new authorities – the residence where he is being held has no electricity, and he is forced to eat only rice and pasta. In addition, he claims he has been deprived of any contact with anyone. In response, the new authorities stated that Bazuma was “in good health” and was able to communicate by telephone with foreign leaders.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency