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. These actions recognise the transcontinental threat that Wagner poses, including through its ongoing pattern of serious criminal activity“, Kirby said.
He went on to accuse the military contractor of human rights violations across the globe, adding that “we will work relentlessly to identify, disrupt, expose, and target those who are assisting Wagner.“ Under the new designation which will be applied in the coming days, Wagner will be categorised on par with Italian, Russian and Japanese organised crime groups allowing 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 $2.5 billion 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.