The Russian paramilitary company, Wargner, is gaining a foothold in Mali. Noting this deployment, Canada and fourteen European countries involved militarily at its side in the stabilization of Mali, condemn it.
In a joint communiqué, they consider that the deployment of the Wagner group can only « accentuate the deterioration of the security situation in West Africa ». They denounce the involvement of Russia and call on Mali to restore constitutional order.
« We deeply regret the decision of the Malian transitional authorities to use already limited public funds to pay foreign mercenaries, instead of supporting the Malian armed forces and public services for the benefit of the Malian people, » said the statement of the 15 signatory countries.
This deployment can only « threaten the peace agreement and hinder the efforts of the international community to ensure the protection of civilians.
The signatory countries point to Russia as being behind the Wagner group. « We are aware of the involvement of the government of the Russian Federation in providing material support to the deployment of the Wagner group in Mali and call on Russia to behave responsibly and constructively in the region.
The text is signed by 14 European countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic, the Baltic and Scandinavian countries and Canada.
The Wagner Group, also known as PMC Wagner, ChVK Wagner or CHVK Vagner, is a Russian private military company using mercenaries, active in the Donbass war and the Syrian civil war, but also in other conflict zones around the world.