Wagner is reportedly pulling hundreds of men out of Africa. Are we seeing the beginning of Wagner’s withdrawal from that continent?
Wagner is a mafia-type criminal organization. We know about their systematic violation of national sovereignty and human rights.
Now we are saying to the countries that chose Wagner and perhaps regret it, in view of recent developments, that it is time to disassociate themselves from that group. One can only fear that given the Wagner system’s growing vulnerability, the group’s abuses and predation may only increase, to the detriment of the affected populations and countries.
How might you respond to the Azerbaijani president’s recent criticism of the situation in France?
We have taken note of the concerns expressed by Azerbaijan. Everyone is free to judge their pertinence, given that country’s record on civil liberties.
What is France’s reaction to the fact that the United States is considering the possibility of supplying cluster munitions to Ukraine?
As a state party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, France is committed to neither producing nor using cluster munitions and to discourage their use. France is abiding by its commitments.
Neither the United States nor Ukraine have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions and are therefore not bound by its provisions.
We understand how the United States reached this decision in its wish to help Ukraine pursue its legitimate defense against Russia’s illegal aggression.