Russia Reopens Embassy in Burkina Faso After 32 Years

Thu Dec 28 2023
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OUAGADOUGOU: In a diplomatic move, Russia reopened its embassy in Burkina Faso on Thursday, ending a nearly 32-year hiatus following a falling out with France.

The Burkinabe foreign ministry, in a statement, confirmed that “Russia formally reopened its embassy this Thursday in Ouagadougou.” 

Alexei Saltykov, Russia’s ambassador to the Ivory Coast, said that he will head the mission in Burkina Faso until a new ambassador is appointed. Saltykov described Burkina Faso as “an old partner with whom we have solid and friendly ties.”

Highlighting the enduring nature of bilateral cooperation, Saltykov remarked, “Despite our physical absence here, cooperation between the two nations in the political and economic spheres has never ceased.” The reopening of the embassy signals a notable development in diplomatic ties between Russia and Burkina Faso.

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