While the Burkinabè Prime Minister has just visited Russia, the President of Ghana assured that Wagner's men were already deployed in Burkina Faso.
Thunderbolt in the world of West African diplomacy: accusing Ouagadougou of having authorized the deployment of Wagner's men, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo entered into conflict with his neighbor Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso, assured Nana Akufo-Addo, has “concluded an arrangement to, like Mali, employ Wagner forces”. The Ghanaian head of state goes even further by assuming “that a mine in southern Burkina was allocated to them as a form of payment for their services”.
An assumption made before the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken which, in Ouagadougou, did not go unnoticed, even if the new leaders of Burkina Faso were excluded from the USA-Africa Summit. While Nana Akufo-Addo assures that "the Russian mercenaries are on the northern border" of Ghana, and that the situation is "particularly worrying", the spokesperson for the Burkinabè government disputed the statements of the Ghanaian president, preferring "to leave him responsibility for what he said". But Ouagadougou immediately summoned Ghana's ambassador to Burkina Faso to ask him for an explanation.
A little earlier, at the beginning of November, Burkina Faso had received a message from Europe. The European Parliament had "advised" Captain Traoré, designated President of the Transition, whose fight against terrorism is the priority, to call on the services of Wagner. Evgueni Prigojine, the boss of the Russian paramilitary group, had, at the time of the putsch, "welcomed" and gave his "support" to Captain Ibrahim Traoré.
But does Nana Akufo-Addo have proof of what he claims? Because in all likelihood, if discussions between Ouagadougou and Moscow do take place, nothing says that Wagner has already deployed men in Burkina Faso. Prime Minister Apollinaire Kyelem de Tambéla recently visited Russia, which looked like a trip to “sign with Wagner,” according to French officials. On the side of the American ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, "the rumors about the deployment of Wagner in Burkina Faso raise serious concerns". But the facts are not established.
In any case, Bamako denies. Still, the Prime Minister assured that his trip to Moscow had been made within the framework of a "private visit", while the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Bogdanov spoke of a trip made to settle "priority issues the strengthening of relations” between Ouagadougou and Moscow.
“We will try, as much as possible, to diversify our partnership relations until we find the right formula for Burkina Faso's interests. But there will be no question of letting us be dominated by a partner, whoever he is,” said the new Prime Minister of Burkina Faso in mid-November. Nana Akufo-Addo may have been quick to deal with a possible Russian presence on the border with Ghana, but Wagner could well arrive in Burkina Faso in the coming weeks.