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USA: Washington to designate PMC Wagner as 'significant transnational criminal organisation’02:04

USA: Washington to designate PMC Wagner as 'significant transnational criminal organisation’

United States, Washington DC
January 21, 2023 at 00:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian Wagner Group will be designated as a "significant transnational criminal organisation“, said White House national security council spokesperson John Kirby in Washington DC, Friday.

Speaking during a press conference, Kirby stated that the US will impose additional sanctions against the group. "The department of treasure will be designating Wagner as a significant transnational criminal organization under executive order 13581 as amended. In coordination with this designation, we will also impose additional sanctions next week against Wagner and its support network across multiple continents", Kirby said.

He went on to accuse the military contractor of human rights violations, calling the organisation a "transcontinental threat" which he promised that "we will work relentlessly to identify, disrupt, expose, and target those who are assisting Wagner.“ Under the new designation, which was set to be applied in the coming days, Wagner will be categorised in league with organised crime groups like the Italian mafia, Russian organised crime or Mexican cartels, allowing for a wider application of sanctions.

Kirby further accused the DPRK of providing arms to Russia saying "Arms transfers from the DPRK are in direct violation of the United Nations security council resolution, so today, we shared information on these violations with the security council's DPRK sanctions committee panel of experts. We will continue to raise these violations at the security council alongside our allies and partners."

Kirby concluded his statement describing Washington’s new multibillion military aid package for Ukraine including armoured vehicles, air defence systems, surface-to-air missiles and a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), among other military equipment, which was announced by the Pentagon the day before.

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The Russian Wagner Group will be designated as a "significant transnational criminal organisation“, said White House national security council spokesperson John Kirby in Washington DC, Friday.

Speaking during a press conference, Kirby stated that the US will impose additional sanctions against the group. "The department of treasure will be designating Wagner as a significant transnational criminal organization under executive order 13581 as amended. In coordination with this designation, we will also impose additional sanctions next week against Wagner and its support network across multiple continents", Kirby said.

He went on to accuse the military contractor of human rights violations, calling the organisation a "transcontinental threat" which he promised that "we will work relentlessly to identify, disrupt, expose, and target those who are assisting Wagner.“ Under the new designation, which was set to be applied in the coming days, Wagner will be categorised in league with organised crime groups like the Italian mafia, Russian organised crime or Mexican cartels, allowing for a wider application of sanctions.

Kirby further accused the DPRK of providing arms to Russia saying "Arms transfers from the DPRK are in direct violation of the United Nations security council resolution, so today, we shared information on these violations with the security council's DPRK sanctions committee panel of experts. We will continue to raise these violations at the security council alongside our allies and partners."

Kirby concluded his statement describing Washington’s new multibillion military aid package for Ukraine including armoured vehicles, air defence systems, surface-to-air missiles and a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), among other military equipment, which was announced by the Pentagon the day before.