Moscow says Wagner’s future in Africa depends on ‘countries concerned’

Moscow said Friday the Wagner mercenary group would continue to work in Africa if regional governments decided to maintain contracts with the private military group, AFP reported.

The comments from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov come as the Kremlin moves to dissolve the organization by handing its military hardware to the regular army and offering exile to fighters who rebelled.

“The future of the agreements between African countries and the Wagner private military company is above all up to the governments of the countries concerned,” Lavrov told reporters during a briefing.

Lavrov said that while some Russian military trainers had been deployed to the Central African Republic at the request of authorities, Wagner’s presence in the region was beyond Moscow’s jurisdiction.

“As for Wagner, which also worked there and in several other African countries, this agreement was concluded directly between the respective governments and Wagner,” he added.

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