Tajani and Crosetto: “Wagner’s hybrid war underway”. The head of the brigade Prigozhin replies and offends Crosetto
Migrants as a weapon of hybrid warfare? Talking about it is the Defense Minister Guido Crosetto and not only. The Wagner group of Russian mercenaries, active in Libya and other African countries, could be involved in the increase in migratory flows towards Italy. The Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani he expressed ”concern because many migrants arrive from areas controlled by Wagner’s troops”. And “I wouldn’t want there to be any attempt to push migrants towards Italy”, he added at the end of a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who showed “great understanding” for what is happening in terms of immigration.
Crosetto intervened with a note: “It seems to me that by now we can say that the exponential increase in the migratory phenomenon that departs from the African coasts is also, to a considerable extent, part of a clear hybrid war strategy that the Wagner division, mercenaries in the pay of Russia, it is implementing, using its relevant weight in some African countries”. “The EU, NATO and the West, just as they realized that cyber attacks were part of the global confrontation that the Ukrainian conflict has opened – he added – today it would be appropriate for them to understand that the southern European front is also becoming more dangerous every day. They should also take note that uncontrolled and continuous immigration, added to the economic and social crisis, becomes a way to hit the most exposed countries, above all Italy, and their geostrategic choices, clear and clear”. The Atlantic Alliance consolidates if the problems that arise from collective choices are also shared, but it risks cracking if the countries most exposed to retaliation of various kinds (such as opening the immigration ‘taps’ by some States) are left alone,” he concluded.
The same accusation also comes from the oppositions. Write on Facebook the Senator of the Pd Enrico Borghi, member of Copasir: “The Minister of Defence, Guido Crosetto stated: ‘The exponential increase in the migratory phenomenon that departs from the African coast is also, to a considerable extent, part of a clear hybrid war strategy that the Wagner division, mercenaries in the pay of Russia, he is implementing his significant weight in some African countries”. When we in the Democratic Party said it last summer, we were heaped with insults from the right”. “I still remember that my thesis was branded at those latitudes as ‘science fiction’, to say the least. And yet, it was enough to listen to us”, adds Borghi, posting one of his “interviews with la Repubblica on 29 July 2022, in which I spoke explicitly of the role of Wagner and Russian hybrid warfare”.
“The more people leave, the more people put themselves in the hands of cynical traffickers and the more there is the risk that something will go wrong: I don’t think this can ever be the right, humane and responsible way to deal with this matter. Perhaps it would be easier to put one’s head in the sand, let the mafia decide who should come to us, let only those who have the money to pay those mafia come to us, let Wagner’s mercenaries continue to gain a foothold in Africa and the fundamentalists”. Thus the premier Giorgia Meloni, speaking at the presentation of the book ‘L’Atlante di Francesco’.
Chief Wagner Prigozhin insults Crosetto
“We have no idea what’s going on with the migrant crisis, but it doesn’t concern us.” Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of Wagner’s Russian mercenaries, thus replies to Defense Minister Crosetto on his Telegram channel. In his message, Wagner’s boss then insults Crosetto, urging him to take care of his country.