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During the Russia-Africa Summit in July, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced plans to reopen Russian embassies in Burkina Faso in order to strengthen cooperation with African countries in all spheres, Sputnik reports. On Dec. 28 the Russian embassy in Burkina Faso officially opened. It was closed in 1992 shortly after the collapse of the South Union.

At a meeting with the Russian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, Alexei Saltykov, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister, Karamoko Jean Marie Traore, expressed satisfaction with the resumption of cooperation.

“This is proof that our cooperation is on the right track,” the minister said during the meeting with Saltykov. “I congratulate you on the work you have personally done to ensure that cooperation between Burkina Faso and the Russian Federation is now dynamic.”

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