Friday 22nd February, 2013
Updated 47 mins ago Russia expressed concern about the spread of militant Islam and growing tension in Mali on Friday as it sent humanitarian aid to the West African country. The dispatch of the aid signalled Moscow’s growing unease about the situation in Africa since the Arab Spring popular revolts, which Russian officials have long warned may strengthen the hand of radical Islamists and fuel violence. The Emergencies Ministry said a transport plane had left for Mali with 36 tonnes of food and household items, blankets and tents.
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