Mali is the center of the jihadist uprising.
Bamako. The government of Mali has denied the transfer of Russian mercenaries from a controversial paramilitary organization known as the Wagner Group to the West African country.
On Saturday, AFP reported that it had responded to allegations by a group of 15 Western countries involved in the fight against jihadists in the country.
A statement issued on Friday evening said the government “officially denies baseless allegations” about the “alleged deployment of elements of a private security company in Mali”.
At the same time, the Malian government requires it to provide it with “evidence from independent sources”.
She added that “Russian trainers” are in Mali in the framework of strengthening the operational capabilities of the local armed forces, while Bamako has an “only interstate partnership” with Russia.
Sixteen Western countries strongly condemned the deployment of Russian mercenaries working for the Wagner Group in Mali on Thursday. In a joint statement, Moscow also accused of providing material support to these fighters.
On December 13 in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the European Union member states unanimously agreed to impose sanctions on the Wagner Group, which is accused of destabilizing eastern Ukraine, among other things.
The Wagner Group (known abroad as the Wagner Group) is a de facto private army that, according to the West, fights for the interests of the Kremlin in various conflict zones around the world.
She is often associated with a close partner of the Russian President Vladimir PutinaBillionaire Yevgeny Prigozhin. Moscow denies any government ties to the Wagner Group.
The situation in Mali is of growing concern, as there has only been a transitional government in the country in less than a year since the second coup, which will not have to fulfill its promise to hold elections in February, AFP said.
Mali is the center of a jihadist uprising that began in northern 2012 and spread three years later to neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso. France intervened in 2013 and now has about 5,000 troops in the area, but plans to reduce the number.
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