Russia warns ECOWAS that military force in Niger could exacerbate the conflict

Russia recently sent a harsh warning to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regarding their intended military intervention in Niger Republic’s ongoing political crisis.

Russia has issued a warning, expressing worry that the aforementioned conduct has the potential to exacerbate the present conflict.

The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states have reached an important decision. They announced their intention to deploy a powerful “standby force” with the goal of restoring constitutional democracy in Niger on Thursday. The ultimate goal is to restore President Mohamed Bazoum’s legitimate leadership after he was deposed. This decision is a critical step toward regional stability and the preservation of democratic norms.

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President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, who now serves as the ECOWAS chairperson, has stated firmly that all options are being studied, with the use of force being a possible last resort.

In contrast, Russia has stated that turning to a military option may result in a longer and more protracted conflict.

According to a statement made by the Russian Foreign Ministry, they believe that a military solution to the continuing crisis in Niger could lead to a prolonged conflict within the African country. Furthermore, they claim that such a move would significantly destabilize the broader situation in the Sahara-Sahel region.

In an unexpected turn of events, Russia has refrained from openly backing the coup leaders.

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