Wagner will continue Mali, C.A.R operations says Lavrov
29 June 2023 | 5:34 am
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The Central African Republic is confident that its July 30 referendum will go ahead. Russia's Wagner mercenaries have been contracted to provide security. Analysts consider this an overt act of political interference.
A one-day summit by West African leaders from Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and the Niger Republic ended in a stalemate after the leaders met with Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Muslim Cleric Mahmoud Dicko.
Neighboring Burkina Faso and Mali, which are also both run by military juntas, strongly rebuked regional bloc ECOWAS for weighing the option of using force to reinstate deposed President Mohamed Bazoum.
Poland has recently warned of possible provocations coming from the mercenary group currently based in neighbouring Belarus.
Mali's junta demanded in June that the MINUSMA force withdraw from the West African country after a decade-long deployment. The mission was created to quell separatist and Islamist insurgencies in northern Mali.
The russian warlord at the head of Wagner mercenary group who had been courting African nations who'd been turning away from their traditional colonial allies, is reported dead. A chaotic day at the polls in Zimbabwe leads opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to cry foul. And the BRICS leaders agree to expand the bloc at the emerging economies summit
The pact allows Mali and Burkina Faso to provide military assistance to Niger in the event of military intervention against the putschists there.
After staging a short-lived mutiny in Russia in June, Yevgeny Prigozhin's Wagner mercenaries were exiled to Belarus. With Prigozhin dead following a plane crash in Russia, will they be withdrawn?
The Russian mercenary outfit Wagner Group is likely to strengthen its activities in Africa despite the death of its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, analysts predict. The group’s operations may remain under new management or be subsumed into another Russian paramilitary group. But where on the continent does the group operate, and what does it gain by being in Africa?
Blacklisting the Wagner Group would put it on the terror list with al-Qaida, meaning that it would be a criminal offense to be a member of or support the mercenary outfit under UK laws.
The UK's home secretary has proposed a draft order to label the Wagner Group a terrorist organization. Other countries have so far hesitated to take this step.
No details have yet been given by Malian authorities on any casualties from the attack. It's the latest violence in the West African country after two assaults by suspected jihadis killed dozens a day prior.
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