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'Putin secret army': Wagner group might be allowed into Mali soon • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE24, 14 Sep 2021
#Mali's military junta is in talks with #Russian private security group #Wagner to hire up to a thousand mercenaries in the West African country, two French sources said on Tuesday. Such a deal could push already fraying relations between #Paris and Mali to breaking point, and underscore a growing Russian influence in a region where former colonial power France has been the unrivalled foreign presence.

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