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Russia calls for ‘rapid release’ of detained Niger president

US military resumes surveillance flights over Niger
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Russia on Thursday urged the quick release of Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum, who was detained the previous day by elite troops who claimed to have taken power.

“We count on the rapid release of President Bazoum by the military,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement calling on “all parties to the conflict to refrain from the use of force and resolve all disputes through peaceful and constructive dialogue.”

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