Putin offers condolences to UK over terror attack in ManchesterRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 23, 10:10
Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester terror attackWorld May 23, 9:30
Police say death toll in Manchester Arena explosion reaches 22World May 23, 9:18
Hollywood actor Steven Seagal to get free land in Russia's Far EastSociety & Culture May 23, 9:06
Ariana Grande tweets she is 'broken' over blast following her concert at Manchester ArenaWorld May 23, 8:03
British PM to chair meeting of emergency response committee after Manchester blastWorld May 23, 7:53
Anti-corruption fight in Russia is in earnest, says upper house speakerRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 23, 6:24
British prime minister calls Manchester blast 'appalling terrorist attack'World May 23, 5:52
At least 19 people confirmed dead in Manchester Arena blastWorld May 23, 4:40
MOSCOW, August 13 (Itar-Tass) - The victory of Mali’s former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the runoff presidential elections is believed to put an end to the crisis that erupted in that country following separatist riots in Mali’s northern provinces, Russian president’s African envoy Mikhail Margelov, who chairs the international committee in the Russian Federation Council upper parliament house, said on Tuesday, citing preliminary results.
The Russian lawmaker, who knows Keita personally, has described him as an experienced politician. He was Prime Minister of Mali in 1994-2000. Keita “has friendly attitudes to Russia and plans to expand Russia-Mali ties in all areas, primarily in the economy,” Margelov said. “During our personal meeting, Keita said he planned to expand participants in investment projects, including in those areas where Russia has obvious competitive advantages.”
Margelov stressed the importance of the Mali leaders’ friendly disposition “for achieving our tasks in Africa.” “It is also important that Malian voters supported key provisions of his [Keita’s] programme promising to overcome the consequences of the war and to bring the country out of the political crisis,” Margelov added.