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kommersant | Nuland in Niger announced the risks in case of inviting Wagner PMC, 8 Aug
Acting US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is on a visit to Niger. She told reporters that the rebels are aware of the "risks to sovereignty" if the private military company Wagner is invited.

"The people who have taken these actions here are very aware of the risks to their sovereignty when Wagner is invited," said Ms. Nuland (quoted by AFP).

The undersecretary has held meetings with Niger's military leaders, but has yet to make progress on preventing a coup. "These conversations were extremely frank and sometimes very difficult," the diplomat added. The rebels did not accept US proposals to try to restore democratic order, she said. She also failed to meet with ousted President Mohamed Bazum.

Rebels have been in control of Niger since late July. The economic community of West African countries, which includes Niger, and many Western countries called on the military to release the president and return him to power. ECOWAS threatened Niger with military intervention. According to the Associated Press, the rebels have already turned to the Wagner PMC during a meeting in Mali (the state supports the Niger rebels, PMC fighters operate in this country by invitation). Prime Minister of Niger Uhumudu Mahamadu, who is in France after the coup, believes that the presence of PMCs in Niger is impossible. According to him, to cross the border from Mali, they would need to destroy Islamic groups, which "has not happened in four years."

by Cat on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 12:17:54 AM EST

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