Wagner Group should be treated same as ISIS, Estonian FM says

29 November 2022, 12:48 AM
Urmas Reinsalu (Photo:Lehtikuva/Saara Peltola via REUTERS)

Urmas Reinsalu (Photo:Lehtikuva/Saara Peltola via REUTERS)

The international community should treat Russian private military company Wagner Group the same way as it treats Islamic State terrorists, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in an interview with Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne on Nov. 28.

Reinsalu explained that organizations similar to PMC Wagner are terrorist in nature, and participation in such a terrorist organization should be considered a criminal act.

"... In some cases, it’s important to change the international legal approach to terrorist organizations,” the minister said.

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“For example, Europe should apply the same approach to Wagner PMCs as to ISIS. Ban them in Europe and freeze their assets."

Foreign ministers of Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden visited Kyiv on Nov. 28.

Earlier it was reported that the European Parliament may soon recognize Wagner Group as a terrorist organization.

On Nov. 23, the European Parliament recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and called for its international isolation and prosecution.

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