The administration of US President Joe Biden is considering labeling the Wagner Group a foreign terrorist organization as a way to put more pressure on Russia, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing hidden inside sources. name.
Wagner, a private military company that has been active in several African countries as well as during the Ukraine conflict, has been under US sanctions for years. Designate Wagner as possible terrorists “disabilities” the group’s activities by allowing the United States to criminally prosecute its members and trace their assets around the world, according to Bloomberg.
source by Bloomberg, who is described as “two people familiar with the matter,” The final decision has not yet been made. The designation could be a way for the White House to appease domestic critics who are calling for a declaration that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism, the news agency said, adding that the US government has rejected the calls. because of concerns about the potential danger. “humanitarian transaction” with Moscow.
This proposal seems to have originated with Lawfare, a Democratic-leaning party “National security” blogs, specifically a June article Written by two former CIA officers, James Petrila and Phil Wasielewski. They argued that the goal of the United States would be “deny the ability of members of the organization to travel internationally, destroy the group’s finances, derail the organization’s recruitment efforts, and discourage foreign governments from using it ,” thereby “terminating the Wagner Group’s interest in the Kremlin and, therefore, its existence.”
The Russian government has consistently denied any official connection to the group founded by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin in 2014. Western intelligence and political activists have claimed Prigozhin as a key member. . “ally” of Russian President Vladimir Putin and accused him “intervention” in the 2016 US presidential election and since. The satire of Prigozhin “admission” in response to such statements were deemed valid by major news agencies earlier this month.
Petrila and Wasielewski argue that the activities of the Wagner Group “consistent with the Kremlin’s overt and covert foreign policy goals,” points to their alleged deployments since 2014 in places like Syria, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.
The group emerging from the darkness earlier this year, taking part in Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. Its fighters are believed to be playing a key role in the current fighting around Bakhmut/Artyomovsk, a key stronghold of Ukrainian government forces in the Donbass.