A man wearing a camouflage uniform walks out of PMC Wagner Centre, which is a project implemented by the businessman and founder of the Wagner private military group Yevgeny Prigozhin, during the official opening of the office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia, November 4, 2022 [Igor Russak/Reuters]  

Al Jazeera: US, Russia clash at UN meeting over ‘violent extremism’ in Africa  

The US is accusing Russian military contractors of interfering in Sahel countries’ internal affairs. 

The United States has accused Kremlin-backed Russian military contractors of interfering in the internal affairs of African countries and “increasing the likelihood that violent extremism will grow” in the Sahel region, which is facing increasing attacks, an allegation Russia denied. 

US Deputy Ambassador Richard Mills lashed out at the Wagner Group at a UN Security Council meeting on West Africa and the Sahel on Tuesday.  

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Update: US and Russia clash over violent extremism in Africa (AP)  

WNU Editor: All eyes are on the Wagner group …. Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group owned by a key Putin ally are stoking influence in resource-rich Central African Republic (ABC News Australia).