The brand new army junta in Niger has requested the Russian mercenary group Wagner for assist. The request got here throughout a go to to Mali by the coup chief, Normal Salifou Mody, The West African regional bloc’s ultimatum expires this Sunday.
The Niger’s new army junta has requested for assist from the Russian mercenary group Wagner, now that the top of the ultimatum that calls for that the army launch the ousted president is nearing.
If this demand shouldn’t be met, they’d face attainable army intervention by the West African regional bloc.
The petition got here throughout **a go to to Mali by coup chief Normal Salifou Mody, the place he made contact with a Wagner insider,** Wassim Nasr, a journalist and senior researcher on the Soufan Middle, instructed The Related Press.
Western international locations worry that Niger will fall beneath Russian affect after the coup, particularly since Mali has hosted as much as 1,000 Wagner Group fighters.
“**There’s nonetheless somewhat time for the coup leaders to regain energy and take heed to the unanimous calls for of the international locations of the area and the worldwide neighborhood,”**declared Catherine Colonna, Minister of International and European Affairs.
“And if not, I feel we have to take very critically the menace that these international locations resort to intervention, a menace that’s credible,” he added.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s international affairs officer, expressed his concern on Twitter (now X) concerning the escalation that might have severe penalties for an already fragile area, and requested the speedy return to constitutional order.
Burkina Faso and one other army junta led by Mali, have taken the bizarre step of declaring that international army intervention in neighboring Niger after final week’s coup would even be thought-about a declaration of warfare Towards them.
He West African regional bloc ultimatum expires this Sunday. Then, the heads of state of the international locations of the area will resolve on a attainable intervention.
He Nigerian collective M62 prepares an ideal mobilization this Sunday in Niamey to precise their help for the coup junta.
The governments of Nigeria, Benin, the Ivory Coast and Senegal have confirmed the supply of their armies for eventual army intervention in Niger.