15 million dollars. About 14.2 million euros. That is the price that the Wagner Group is willing to pay for the head of the Italian Defense Minister, Guido Crosettowho recently publicly blamed the Russian mercenary organization for being behind the wave of migrants from Africa that are reaching the shores of the alpine country.
This is confirmed by a report that the Italian intelligence services received ten days ago and that has advanced this week the newspaper Il Flogiothat yespoints out that the paramilitary force he directs Eugeni Prigozhina close friend of Vladimir Putin, would have offered a reward for the capture or elimination of Crosetto, even before the politician made his controversial statements.
“The exponential increase in the migratory phenomenon that begins on the African coasts is also, to a large extent, part of a clear strategy of hybrid warfare that Wagner is implementingusing its relevant weight in African countries”, said Crosetto, a member of Fratelli d’Italia, in a statement last Monday, in a clear allusion to the Wagner operations in Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.
I sound absolutely calm,
I think that those who use their various places are one of the many alarms that this day is coming, it is a font of nonsense, that our authorità a ciò preposte,
Verificano e espesso archiviano.
I am certain that none of you will be more or less insulted.
— Guido Crosetto (@GuidoCrosetto) March 15, 2023
Along the same lines, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajanirecently told the media during a visit to Israel that it is “worrying” that many of the migrants arriving in Italy come from areas “controlled by the Wagner group”, according to the agency. Reuters.
The Italian Ministry of the Interior estimates that 20,000 people have arrived in Italy so far this year, compared to 6,100 in the same period in 2022. This migratory wave and tragedies such as the Calabria shipwreck, in which they died near of 60 people, the pressure on the government of Giorgia MelonYo.
[Al menos 58 inmigrantes muertos al naufragar una embarcación en las costas del sur de Italia]
For his part, Prigozhin responded on his Telegram channel denying any involvement in this matter and charged hard against the minister hurling harsh insults in Russian and calling him, among other things, “stupid”. “We have no idea what is happening with the migration crisis, we don’t worry about it,” said the head of the Wagner Group.
After the Italian media have shared the information about the reward offered by the Wagner Group for his head, Crosetto has explained on his Twitter account that he is “absolutely calm”.
“I think that what has come out in various places is one of the many alarms that arrive every day, from disparate sources, that our authorities responsible for this, verify and often file. I am sure that no one will ever go further of blatant insults”, he wrote in a publication.