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BREAKING: Twist in Niger crisis as Russian Mercinarries arrive Niamey

BREAKING: Twist in Niger crisis as Russian Mercinarries arrive Niamey

 

There is a new twist in the crisis rocking the military coup in Niger Republic following the arrival of Russian mercenary group, Wagner, soldiers, who have landed in Mali with arms and ammunition suspectedly to support the Niger military junta in the fight against ECOWAS troops.

The Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, a few days after appearing in a video at a time he was believed to be in Congo, showed up in Mali, dressed in military fatigue.

But he claimed that the arrival of its team in Mali is to assist the country’s military government to dislodge terrorists and “any other interest”, according to a report monitor on Al-Jazeera.


Mali and Burkina Faso, also ruled by military junta, have both declared their backing for the Niger coupists.

They have faulted the sanctions slammed on Niger by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) following the military take-over.

They pledged to join Niger in resisting any form of force that might be used against the Niger junta.

To give vent to their pledge, they have reportedly moved troops to Niamey as a backup to the Niger military.

ECOWAS also has rejected the three-year transition plan hinted by Niger coup leader General Abdourahamane Tchiani, reaffirming the possibility of use of force should dialogue fail.

The junta has also insisted that it would not respect ECOWAS position.

This is partly why the Wagner presence in Mali, which shares a long border with Niger is believed to be part of giving support in Niger.

The coup leaders had requested support from Wagner, and Prigozhin said his men were ready to provide it.

A former Russian official claimed Wagner and the Russian state conspired to facilitate the military coup in Niger.

“The recent coup in Niger was carried out in close cooperation with Russian special services and Private Military Company (PMC) consultants,” claimed Russian military blogger Mikhail Zvinchuk, a former press officer for Russia’s defence ministry, who uses the alias “Rybar”.

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