U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet expressed strong concern about the activities of the Russian private military company Wagner Group and its alleged attempts to recruit soldiers in Serbia and elsewhere in the world.
US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet said he raised these concerns with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during discussions in Belgrade.
“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 following 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,” official added.
Wagner Group, headed by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, is said to have worked with governments in dozens of African countries on pro-Russian propaganda and other military and political initiatives.