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Russia's Wagner group: Deal allowing Russian mercenaries into Mali is close

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A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power France, seven diplomatic and security sources said. Paris has begun a diplomatic drive to prevent the military junta in Mali enacting the deal, which would permit Russian private military contractors, the Wagner Group, to operate in the former French colony, the sources said. FRANCE 24's Senior Reporter Cyril Payen tells us more.

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