Chief of British General Staff says they’re ready to challenge Wagner PMC in Africa

Chief of British General Staff says they’re ready to challenge Wagner PMC in Africa

According to Nick Carter, Britain needs to strengthen its military presence in the region in order to prevent Russia from adding it in its sphere of influence.

In an interview with The Times, Head of the General Staff of Great Britain Nick Carter pointed to the need to strengthen the presence of British troops in Africa in order to prevent Russia from adding this region in its sphere of influence.

According to Carter, military assistance to African countries and the sending of small elite units to fight terrorism will make it possible for developing countries to “focus more on the West, rather than on the Wagner group.”

The Wagner PMC is associated with Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. The alleged group commander Dmitry Utkin is the general director of Concord Management and Consulting, the management company of Prigozhin's restaurant holding company. As reported by Fontanka and The Wall Street Journal, Wagner PMC fighters took part in the battles in Syria and the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. In response, Russian authorities say that they are volunteers who went to the war zone on their own initiative. World media reported that Russian mercenaries were seen in Nigeria, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Egypt, and Guinea, where Russian businessmen have energy-related projects. 

In the summer of 2018, Prigozhin was seen at a meeting with leaders of armed groups of the Central African Republic. Later, the businessman was spotted at a meeting of Commander in Chief of the Libyan National Army Khalif Haftar with Head of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu.

The Bell sources report that Prigozhin was chosen due to being familiar with Russian President Vladimir Putin; at the same time, he was not part of his immediate circle, which allowed him to “remain in the background” longer. Prigozhin is characterized as an “active man” who “knows how to achieve his goals.” 

Carter admitted that "the threat from Moscow materialized much faster than British experts expected in 2015.”

According to him, the British army should be “modernized with the technology that led to this evolution.”

Previously, Carter accused Russia of disproportionately strengthening its forces for war abroad. He said that the UK was not able to confront the military equipment, which Moscow “boasted in Syria.” “Our ability to deliver preemptive strikes and respond to threats from other countries will come to naught if we lag behind our opponents,” the chief of General Staff of Great Britain said.

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