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Russia's Wagner group: Deal allowing Russian mercenaries into Mali is close • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE24, 14 Sep 2021
A deal is close that would allow Russian #mercenaries into #Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power France, seven diplomatic and security sources said. Paris has begun a diplomatic drive to prevent the military junta in Mali enacting the deal, which would permit Russian private military contractors, the #WagnerGroup, to operate in the former French colony, the sources said. FRANCE 24's Senior Reporter Cyril Payen tells us more.

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