France threatened to withdraw the military from Mali if mercenaries from PMC “Wagner” appear there

Paris intends to withdraw its military from Mali if mercenaries from the private military company Wagner start working there, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

According to him, a possible agreement between the authorities of Mali and PMC Wagner will be “completely incompatible” with the military presence of France and the actions of international partners in Mali. ” French Defense Minister Florence Parly also said that such a mercenary presence in Mali would be “extremely disturbing and controversial.”

The TV5 channel, citing sources in Paris, reports that the Malian authorities are discussing the possibility of an agreement with the Wagner PMC, within the framework of which the mercenaries will train Malian military personnel, as well as ensure the security of the country’s leaders. At the same time, according to the TV channel, Mali admitted that such negotiations were underway, but noted that no agreements had yet been signed.

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