February 8, 2023

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Ghanaian president says Wagner mercenaries in Burkina Faso

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, December 14, visited his neighbor, The Burkina Fasowas “Like Mali, entered into an arrangement for the use of Wagner’s forces”. “I believe a mine in southern Burkina was assigned to them as payment for their services”He added during an interview in the US with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

According to the Ghanaian President, “Russian mercenaries on northern border” from Ghanawhich “particularly worrying”. “We have no reaction. I take responsibility for what he said.Burkinabe government spokesman Jean-Emmanuel Oudrogo told AFP.

On Friday, Burkina Faso summoned the Ghanaian ambassador and revealed it “refusal”. Statements by President Nana Akufo-Addo “Extreme and imprecise”A government source interviewed by AFP added that the Burkinabe ambassador stationed in Accra had also been recalled for consultations.

In many French-speaking African countries, Moscow has been waging an aggressive campaign of influence, particularly on social networks, and growing popular support as former colonial power France increasingly retaliates there. Several countries have accused the ruling military regime in Mali of using the services of Wagner, who is known to be close to the Moscow regime, which Bamako denies.

Burkinabe Prime Minister visits Moscow

The question of a possible rapprochement with Russia has been raised in Burkina Faso since the Sept. 30 coup that brought Captain Ibrahim Dreir to power for a second term in eight months, as it struggles to cope with recurring deadly jihadist attacks since 2015.

On Monday, Burkinabe Prime Minister Apollinaire Guillem de Dembela met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow. “Priority Issues for Strengthening Relationships” between the two countries, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Mr. Kyélem de Tembela promised at the end of October that he had not ruled out a retrial. “Reports” His country with Russia. “Until we find the right formula for the interests of Burkina Faso, we will try to diversify our partnership relations as much as possible. But there will be no question of allowing ourselves to be dominated by one partner, whoever he is.He said in mid-November.

On Thursday evening, the US diplomatic chief reiterated his fears about the Russian group. “Once Wagner is employed, nations find themselves weaker, poorer, less secure, and less free”Anthony Blinken made the warning during a press conference at the end of the three-day United States-Africa summit in Washington.

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“Our African partners don’t want to see their resources exploited, they don’t want human rights abused, they don’t want their governance undermined, so at the end of the day, they tell us they really don’t want to. No Wagner »he added.

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