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Wagner PMC was going to buy weapons from Turkey

Apr 10, 2023

Journalists from The Washington Post analyzed more than 50 pages of classified US national security documents that were recently leaked online. They found out that the Wagner PMC was negotiating arms purchases from Turkey, a NATO member state.

"In early February, representatives of the Wagner PMC met with Turkish contacts to purchase weapons and equipment from Turkey for PMC fighters in Mali and Ukraine," one of the reports says, according to WP.

It is reported that Mali's interim president, Assimy Goyita, confirmed that his country is ready to buy weapons for the Wagner PMC from Turkey.

It is not clear from the documents how the negotiations ended and whether the Turkish authorities knew anything about them. The Turkish government's press service and the Malian embassy in Washington declined to comment to the Washington Post.

The documents also discuss China's position on the war in Ukraine. The CIA report claims that Beijing may be relying on Ukrainian sabotage on Russian territory to recognize NATO as the aggressor and increase its support for Russia.

Documents on Iran's nuclear program and North Korea's missile tests have also been leaked to the public.

The source of the leak has not yet been identified. As noted, the published documents were intended for senior U.S. officials, including the commander of the armed forces, General Mark Milley.

According to WP, the published classified documents apparently came partly from the Pentagon and contain tactical information about the war in Ukraine, including the country's combat capabilities.

The U.S. Department of Justice said it had launched an investigation.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 10/04/2023

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