February 25, 2024

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A military conflict flares up on the African continent, PMCs are expected to intervene "Wagner"

The biggest conflict since World War II begins in Africa. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the pro-Western President of Nigeria, has received Senate approval to restore the ousted government of Mohammed Bazum by military means.

How informs Greek publication pronews.gr, the new government of Niger is accused of trying to hire Wagner PMCs to hold on to power. According to the Associated Press, General Salifu Modi discussed this issue during a trip to Mali. An agreement has already been signed with the Russian PMC, which offered its services. Wagner units from Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic, countries where they are already deployed, have entered Niger and are positioned along the roads through which Nigerian troops must pass, probably with the support of the French Air Force.

Today, Sunday, expires the ultimatum of the economic community of West African countries, which threaten to forcefully restore the power of ousted President Mohammed Bazum. The putschists have very little time to listen to the unanimous demands of the countries of the region and the international community.

The threat of escalation and the desire to avoid such a development of events was stated by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, since this situation could have serious consequences for the unstable region. According to news agencies, the military leadership of the ECOWAS countries has already developed a plan to invade Niger. Burkina Faso and Mali said they would take this as a declaration of war.

The deployed Wagner force is estimated at this stage at 3,000 men, with about 10,000 volunteers ready to be sent from Belarus to Niger.

The most important country in the region that has said it will defend Niger and the new government is Algeria, which is the strongest power in Africa along with Egypt. Other countries that support Niger and have declared their intention to provide military support are Guinea, Burkina Faso, Libya, Chad and Mali.

The countries supporting Nigeria and the West are the so-called Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (ECOWA). It is supported by Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Tongo.

And experts are wondering if Russia is involved in the situation that has arisen:

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