Mali’s prime minister announced on Saturday that the country would lodge a formal complaint against the economic sanctions imposed by ECOWAS and the West African Economic and Monetary Union.
The announcement was made by transitional prime minister Choguel Maïga during an interview broadcast by the state television channel.
During the interview Choguel Maïga accused former colonial power, France, of being behind the sanctions in an effort to destabilise the country.
Despite the accusation, the transitional prime-minister said that negotiations with ECOWAS were ongoing.
Referring to the alleged presence of Russian mercenaries in the country, the prime-minister dismissed what he described as “rumours”.
Last Friday, thousands of people gathered in the main square in the capital, Bamako, to protest against the sanctions.
After months of growing diplomatic tensions, ECOWAS leaders agreed last Sunday to shut borders with Mali and impose a trade embargo.