Involvement of private military company Wagner armed conflict in Mali would have serious consequences for Russia. This was stated at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Russian and French foreign ministers met during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. During the conversation between the heads of diplomatic departments of the two countries, the situation in Mali was also touched upon. The French foreign minister warned of possible consequences if Russian mercenaries appeared in Mali.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has repeatedly noted that there are no Russian soldiers in Mali. At the same time, Moscow does not deny the existence of contacts in the field of defense and security with many African countries. Earlier, Western media reported that the Mali authorities could cooperate with PMC Wagner.