In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament condemned the crimes committed by the Russian paramilitary organization, the so-called Wagner’s group and related private military units.
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“The Russian state appears be responsible for the financing, training, management and operational command of these paramilitary groups“- say MEPs, stressing at the same time that the activity of the Wagner group corresponds to the spread of Russian influence in conflict zones.
MEPs stress that the Wagner group and other subcontractors of the Russian-led security forces should be treated as subsidiaries of the Russian state.
The resolution notes that the Wagner group is present in many conflicts around the worldespecially in Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Mozambique, Libya, the Central African Republic and Venezuela. Given the history of violations, MEPs welcome the statement by EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell on the imminent adoption of targeted EU sanctions against “relevant persons and entities associated with the Wagner Group” as well as against persons and entities working with them. They are calling for these sanctions to include a travel ban and an asset freeze for group members.
In addition, the resolution calls on all countries that use the services of the Wagner group and its subsidiaries, especially the Central African Republic, to sever all ties with this organization and its employees. It also calls on the European Commission to ensure that EU funds cannot, under any circumstances, be used to finance private military companies known to violate human rights.
The text was adopted with 585 votes in favor, 40 against and 43 abstentions.