Russia has warned the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against military invasion of Niger Republic to restore ousted President Mohamed Bazoum to power.
Recall that leaders of ECOWAS member states met in Abuja on Thursday and resolved to deploy a “standby force” in a bid to restore constitutional democracy to the country.
Also at the meeting, ECOWAS Chairperson and Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu stated that “no option is off the table, including the use of force as a last resort”.
The ministry added that the invasion of the West African nation could lead to a sharp destabilisation of the situation in the Sahara-Sahel region as a whole.
France and the US operate military bases in Niger, which have been used to launch operations against insurgents in the wider region.