The European Union is putting pressure on Mali

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After Paris and Berlin, it is the European Union’s turn to worry about a possible agreement between Mali and the Russian private security group Wagner. The Head of European Diplomacy, Josep Borrell, spoke briefly on the subject this Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in New York, alongside the UN General Assembly.

If he used the condition and indicated “as far as I know no decision has been made yet”, Josep Borrell was still very clear: “It seems that the transitional authorities are discussing the possibility of inviting the Wagner group to operate in the country. We are well aware of how this group behaves in different parts of the world, it would seriously affect the relationship between the EU and Mali. “

The European Union has been active, in particular through the EUTM mission in training the Malian Armed Forces since 2013, joining thus France and Germany to put pressure on the Malian authorities. Paris and Berlin have warned against using the Wagner group to train Malian armed forces and ensure the protection of leaders would question their military involvement.

Passing this Monday in Bamako, the French Minister of Defense, Florence Parly, reaffirmed France’s determination to continue its commitment. His Malian counterpart, Colonel Sadio Camara, who stated that the reduction of the French military presence in Mali “made it necessary to consider everything to secure the country” nevertheless confirmed “that no action was taken with Wagner”.

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