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Moscow comments on the Russian presence in Mali

Today, Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said about the statement of Western countries regarding the spread of private security and military companies in Mali.
Zakharova said during her press conference in response to the West that only the Malian authorities have the right to decide on the issue of accepting the summons of private military security companies to defend her country against terrorism, especially after the withdrawal of French forces from the country.
Zakharova also explained that due to the closure of the French military bases, there is a threat of losing part of the territory by the Malian authorities, noting Russia’s readiness to provide assistance to the Malians across the country.

A joint statement was also issued by 12 European countries: Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, France, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia, in which they condemned the deployment of fighters by a Russian private military company (Wagner) in Mali.

And the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, had said that the financial authorities had themselves resorted to a Russian private military company to help fight terrorism, stressing at the same time that official Moscow had nothing to do with this matter.

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