January 21, 2022

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The European Union will impose sanctions on the Russian private military company Wagner

The European Union will impose sanctions on the Russian private military company Wagner

The ambassadors said on Friday that EU foreign ministers will approve the list of individuals and entities subject to visa bans at a meeting in Brussels next week and freeze their assets under social jurisdiction.

This private military organization, which considers Western capitals inextricably linked with the Kremlin, is also involved in the conflict in Ukraine, Africa and the Middle East.

France argued that the organization’s operations in Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic were deteriorating, putting particular pressure on its EU partners to take action against Wagner.

The group is believed to have ties to Yevgeny Prikuzhin, a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prozogin, who is also on the EU and US sanctions lists, denies involvement with Wagner and any role in the conflict in Africa.

The Kremlin denies any connection with the company compared to private US structures, as the former Blackwater was notorious during the Iraq war.

According to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, “Russian mercenaries wage wars through intermediaries in Russia’s favour.”

“Even if Russia refuses, no one will be disappointed,” he added.

European diplomats said the community will use a number of existing barrier mechanisms to target individuals and organizations associated with Wagner.

According to them, this list should serve as a warning to countries considering recruiting Wagner’s factions, specifically Mali, the former French colony where European forces are fighting Islamic militants.

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