The interim government of Mali on Monday said Western-backed troops tried to carry out a coup last week without providing details and evidence.

The allegedly thwarted coup took place on the night of May 11-12, according to a statement from the junta, which came to power in a coup in August 2020.

The accusation against the West means a new minimum between Mali and its old international allies, who for ten years have helped the West African nation in its fight against the rebels, but are retreating amid a sour political dispute.

Instead, Russian mercenaries came to the aid of the Mali military, and witnesses said last month that white mercenaries were involved in the mass shooting of Mali civilians.

Enhanced security measures have been introduced as measures to identify accomplices, including checks at border posts and points of entry into the capital Bamako.

An investigation has been launched, and the “detainees” are awaiting justice, they added.

Tensions between the Mali junta and the West stem from its inability to hold the promised elections in February and quickly restore civilian power, as well as its cooperation with Russian mercenaries.

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