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Parliamentary question - E-005179/2021Parliamentary question

Wagner mercenaries in Mali and EU follow-up

Question for written answer  E-005179/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Tom Vandenkendelaere (PPE)

For some time now, there have been reports of contacts between those in power in Mali and the so-called Wagner group. It is claimed that Mali is not only using Wagner mercenaries to replace the dwindling French troops and to train the Malian army, but also as the ‘Praetorian Guard’ of the junta, which, as a result, is even less inclined to organise the planned elections.

The presence of Wagner mercenaries in Mali is incompatible with the Union’s involvement and engagement in that country. These mercenaries are also a destabilising factor par excellence.

On 15 November, the Foreign Affairs Council discussed sanctions against individuals and entities that are banned, including the Wagner group. I support these sanctions and call for their swift implementation.

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