Thakkar. US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen Wagner, a Russian military organization, has warned against interfering in Mali. Blinken said in a meeting with his Senegalese colleague Isata Dolce on Saturday that it was particularly unfortunate that foreign actors were interfering in the plans of the international community to restore a democratically elected government in Mali in April. By this he specifically refers to the Wagner group.
The company has ties to the Kremlin and has already sent mercenaries to Libya, Syria and the Central African Republic. It belongs to a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin. UN experts and Western nations accuse the troops of human rights abuses.
Struggle against Wagner mercenaries in Mali
Germany and France have opposed the presence of Wagner mercenaries in Mali. The European Union this week threatened sanctions against anyone interfering in Mali’s democratic transition.
In Mali, the military has twice overthrown Azimi Qaeda against the government in nine months, and he became caretaker president in June. In response to international pressure, it has agreed to hold elections in February. However, the EU fears they will be postponed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the Wagner group had a legal right to stay in Mali because they had been invited by the interim government. Russia did not intervene.
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