'Putin's chief' Prigozhin meets leaders of militant groups of Central African Republic in Sudan

'Putin's chief' Prigozhin meets leaders of militant groups of Central African Republic in Sudan
Evgeny Prigozhin

The meeting took place in the capital of Sudan - Khartoum - on August 27-28. The participants signed a declaration which states the Central African Republic opposition union is expected to be created “with a view of achieving a lasting and sustainable peace in the country.”

Businessman Evgeny Prigozhin has taken part in the meeting with the leaders of militant groups of the Central African Republic that took place in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum on August 27 and 28, reports Le Monde with reference to unnamed meeting’s participants.

According to Le Monde, Prigozhin arrived at the meeting in his own private plane. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reports that ambassador at large Konstantin Shuvalov was also present at the meeting; he was welcomed by the President of the CAR Faustin-Archange Touadéra. As a result of the meeting, Khartoum declaration was signed; it states the Central African Republic opposition union is expected to be created “with a view of achieving a lasting and sustainable peace in the country.

Le Monde reminds that in autumn, 2017, the United Nations Security Council allowed Russia to supply the CAR with weapon, as well as send there “a limited number of military advisers.” The newspaper noted that Russia does not only deal with instructions in the Republic, but with business, as well.

Le Monde writes that a private military company Sewa Security Services founded in Bangui a few months ago is likely a branch of a private military company Vagnera. According to Le Monde, Prigozhin might be also an owner of Lobaye Invest that received from the CAR authorities “a right to carry out development in diamantiferous parts of the country” with Sewa fighters providing security in the territory.

The Bell had earlier reported that people wearing Sewa patches had been found on the photos of the United Nations mission in the CAR at the event honored to the 58-th Independece Day in the Republic. With that, Prigozhin’s media office told RBK he had no interest in the CAR - including mining in the country.

Bloomberg with reference to its sources had earlier reported Prigozhin’s companies operated in the CAR, Congo, Zimbabwe, Libya, Sudan, Angola, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Madagascar. The businessman’s companies allegedly offer services related to safety and security arrangements, teaching of use of weapons, as well as carry out preelection campaign in exchange of the right for mineral production.

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