the French ambassador in Moscow summoned

the French ambassador in Moscow summoned

“The French ambassador (Pierre Lévy) was notified of the inadmissibility of (these) new accusations against Russia concerning the dissemination of ‘propaganda’ and ‘violence against the civilian population’ of the Central African Republic from supposed structures Private Russian military“, indicated the Russian diplomacy.

(RE)read: Parcel bomb attack against a Russian official in the Central African Republic, the head of Wagner accuses France

“We call on the French authorities to refrain from adopting a neo-colonial approach in their work in the region, telling African partners whom they should be friends and cooperating with, or creating anti-Russian hysteria“, continued this source in a press release.

Yevgeny Prigozhin’s accusations

Russia said that one of its representatives in the Central African Republic was seriously injured on December 16 in Bangui, the capital, by the explosion of a parcel bomb. An attack that Evguéni Prigojine, the leader of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, very present in the country, had immediately attributed to France.

This information is false and it is even a good example of Russian propaganda and the fanciful imagination that sometimes characterizes this propaganda.
Catherine Colonna, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The head of French diplomacy, Catherine Colonna, then quickly denied these accusations by Wagner.

“This information is false and it is even a good example of Russian propaganda and the fanciful imagination that sometimes characterizes this propaganda”she told AFP.

“This (Wagner) militia is committing regrettable exactions on the civilian population and there would be a lot to say about it, but now is not the time”she added.

A package from Togo

The parcel bomb came from Togo and the sender has been identified, according to the first elements of the investigation, the Bangui prosecutor told AFP on December 20.

On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had mentioned a “criminal act” aiming to “harm the development of friendly relations” between Moscow and Bangui, without however designating a presumed sponsor.

This explosion of criminal origin is likely to be qualified as a terrorist act.
Benoît Narcisse Foukpio, public prosecutor of Bangui

On December 18, the Central African Republic “strongly condemned” the facts and announced the opening of an investigation, reaffirming that “This attack cannot undermine the excellent relations between the Central African Republic and the Russian Federation”.

“This explosion of criminal origin is likely to be qualified as a terrorist act”said the public prosecutor of Bangui, Benoît Narcisse Foukpio, in a press release sent to AFP.

According to the first elements of the investigation, the package “containing an explosive device was sent to the head of the Russian house in Bangui (…) from the city of Lomé“, the capital of Togo, he added, adding that he had identified the sender.

The package has been sent “by the international service of the DHL company (a transport company, editor’s note) on a Kenya Airways flight”he concluded.

France regularly accuses the Wagner group of orchestrating manipulation of public opinion against France in several African countries, particularly in the Central African Republic, and of engaging in economic predation there under cover of government protection contracts.