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Security, Moscow's way into Africa
A member of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner (left) and a UN forces soldier at an election rally for Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in Bangui, 12 December 2020. © André Bâ/Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP
AFRICA

Security, Moscow's way into Africa

Russia's influence on the continent is spreading in step with rising instability in many African countries and tensions between France and many of its former colonies. This trend is bolstered by the presence of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group close to Vladimir Putin. Its mercenaries have intervened in Libya and Mozambique and are now offering their services in West and Central Africa. Driven by the Kremlin, Russia's security breakthrough in Africa is also backed by the defence ministry, serving Moscow's geopolitical interests, and paving the way for Russia to move into other fields on the continent.

A member of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner (left) and a UN forces soldier at an election rally for Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in Bangui, 12 December 2020. © André Bâ/Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP
MALI EUROPEAN UNION Diplomacy 21/01/2022
The Malian file was also raised during the gathering of the 27 European defence ministers in Brest on 12 and 13 January

As Wagner arrives, EU prepares sanctions but keeps channels open with junta 

Following the lead of ECOWAS, the EU is gearing up to impose sanctions on the regime in Bamako, which has postponed the presidential election and welcomed Russian paramilitaries from Wagner onto Malian soil. The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell is due to hold a virtual meeting with the foreign ministers of the G5 Sahel countries on 26 January to discuss the situation in Mali. [...]

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