Russia, China block UN Security Council from supporting new sanctions on Mali

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Russia and China blocked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday from supporting new sanctions on Mali for its military leaders’ decision to delay next month’s elections until 2026, a blow to the restoration of democracy in the troubled West African nation. Kenya’s U.N. ambassador, Martin Kimani, said after closed-door discussions on the proposed French-drafted statement endorsing the sanctions imposed by the West African regional group ECOWAS he was ‘disappointed’ that the council couldn’t agree on what he called a ‘relatively mild’ press statement. … The junta initially had agreed to hold a new election in late February but the military leadership now says the presidential ballot will not take place until 2026 because of deepening insecurity across the country, giving [Col. Assimi] Goita four more years in power.” (01/12/22)