US ‘closely monitoring’ Russian activities in Africa

Apr 16, 2024 | International actors

In remarks to the UNSC on 16 April, US Ambassador Robert Wood said that, ‘We are closely monitoring the situation in Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Mali – including the movement of foreign fighters and rampant arms trafficking – and its destabilizing implications for Libya.’ He noted that the US is ‘particularly concerned by the activities of the Russia-backed Wagner Group, a transnational criminal organization with no regard for Libya’s sovereignty or that of its neighbours. We extend that concern to efforts to consolidate Wagner personnel into Russia’s Africa Corps.’