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FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Moscow, Russia January 18, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Wagner Contracts’ Future Is Subject To African States: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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The future of contracts signed between various African nations and the Wagner mercenary organisation, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is the responsibility of those governments.

Lavrov stated at a news conference on Friday that Wagner had operated in the Central African Republic (CAR) and other countries under contracts negotiated directly with the respective governments.

Additionally, he stated that Russia’s defence ministry has employed “several hundred” military advisers in the CAR for years.

Wagner mercenaries, who have been extensively involved in the Ukraine conflict, staged a brief mutiny on Saturday, seizing control of the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and marching on Moscow before a deal ended their rebellion abruptly.

The incident has sparked rumours regarding the status of Wagner agents in CAR and elsewhere in Africa.

Mali, where military authorities usurped power in coups in 2020 and 2021, is engaged in a multi-year operation against ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda-affiliated armed groups. It has been stated that Russian forces there are not Wagner mercenaries but rather trainers assisting local personnel with Russian-made equipment.

In February, French President Emmanuel Macron referred to the deployment of Wagner forces in Africa as “life insurance for failing regimes in Africa” that would only propagate misery.