“Assimi Goita expressed his gratitude to Vladimir Putin for the diverse support provided by the Russian side,” RIA Novosti quotes a statement.

It is noted that the leaders discussed the development of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic and other fields.

“The subject of possible deliveries of Russian food, fertilizers and fuel to Mali was touched upon, in particular,” the text says.

Earlier, Putin had a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Yitzhak Herzog.