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    US Envoy Says Russian Wagner Group’s Activities Intolerable

    US Envoy Says Russian Wagner Group’s Activities Intolerable

    BELGRADE, — A senior U.S. envoy expressed strong concern Thursday about the activities of the Russian private contractor Wagner Group and its alleged attempts to recruit soldiers in Serbia and elsewhere in the world.

    U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet said he voiced these concerns during talks in Belgrade with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

    “We have seen that the Wagner Group is seeking to recruit soldiers from Serbia and elsewhere and that's something we think cannot stand,” he told reporters after the meeting.

    “I don't know if there are concerns (in Serbia), we talked about our concerns and we are looking forward to working with the government here in Belgrade and elsewhere where Wagner is active to put an end to their activities,” he added.

    Wagner Group, owned by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, reportedly has been active in dozens of mostly African states, working with governments on pro-Russian propaganda and other military and political projects.

    The group has boasted about its presence in Serbia, the only European state besides which has not joined international sanctions against for its war against Ukraine. The group has reportedly announced the opening of its offices in Belgrade, something that was later denied.

    Moscow's propaganda portal RT, which recently started its Serbian-language online news site in Serbia, has published Wagner's…

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