U.S. Sanctions Two CAR Companies for Supporting Russia’s Wagner Group

The United States has imposed sanctions on two companies in the Central African Republic (CAR) for their alleged support of Russia’s Wagner Group, the Treasury Department announced. This action is part of a broader strategy to counter Russia’s destabilizing activities in Africa.

Treasury Undersecretary Brian Nelson stated that the Wagner Group exploits the people and resources of CAR, and emphasized the U.S. commitment to using sanctions to disrupt those aiding Russia’s agenda on the continent. One of the sanctioned companies is accused of importing chemicals commonly used in mining and leasing aircraft to the Wagner Group for transporting personnel and equipment. The second company allegedly received multiple shipments of heavy materials from a Russian entity linked to Wagner Group’s late leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

International observers say the U.S. has a history of sanctioning individuals and groups worldwide that support the Wagner Group. State Department spokesman Mathew Miller reaffirmed that the U.S. will continue to target the group’s destabilizing presence in Africa through sanctions and other measures.

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