The EU began to discuss the possible introduction of sanctions against Wagner PMCs in connection with the situation in Mali. Lavrov said that the authorities of this country turned to a private military company against the background of France's decision to reduce its troops in Mali
Jean-Yves Le Drian
The European Union agreed to prepare legal parameters for possible sanctions against a private military company known as PMC Wagner, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
“ There is a general desire to determine the legal basis for the sanctions that will be imposed against Wagner PMCs, '' & mdash; he said (quoted by Reuters).
According to the minister, sanctions may threaten both the PMC itself and the companies that cooperate with it.
On plans to develop sanctions against PMC Le Drian reported on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers at which the situation in Mali was discussed.
France launched Operation Serval in Mali in 2013 against the rebels in the north of the country Tuareg and Islamic terrorist groups. In August 2014, it was extended to Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and the operation was named Barkhan.
Military coups took place in Mali last year and May this year. In June, France announced that it was completing Operation Barchan, which would be replaced by an international alliance uniting the African Sahel states (Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad).
In this regard, the Mali authorities decided to involve Wagner PMCs for training their military, sources in France 24 reported in September. Later, the authorities explained that France had left the country in a “ suspended state '' and needed to “ fill the void '' after the departure of the French troops. In Paris, they warned that if Wagner PMCs arrived in Mali, Moscow would face “ serious consequences. ''
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed the information about the country's authorities' appeal to the Russian PMC. He stressed that the Russian authorities have nothing to do with this.
In Russia, mercenary activities are prohibited by law. For participation in armed conflicts on the territory of another country, the Criminal Code provides for up to seven years in prison (Article 359), for the recruitment, training, financing of a mercenary, “ as well as his use in an armed conflict or hostilities '' & mdash; under 15 years old.
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