Russian-linked Wagner mercenaries try to destabilise Italy with migrant influx & More Breaking News

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The Italian government headed by Mario Draghi collapsed this month and an election has been set for September 25.

One of the main parties involved in bringing the government down was The League, an anti-immigration party headed by Matteo Salvini, who is reported to have close links to Russia. He once posed in Red Square while wearing a t-shirt bearing a picture of the Russian leader.

Two former Italian prime ministers on Friday called for an urgent investigation into claims that Moscow had put pressure on Mr Salvini to withdraw his support.

The League has forged a right-wing alliance with the Brothers of Italy and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party.

An influx of migrants could alarm Italian public opinion and help the right-wing alliance, in particular Mr Salvini, because he has been outspoken on the need to curb unauthorised arrivals.

The accusation that Russia is using migrants to destabilise Europe and boost its supporters comes less than a year after Belarusian leader and close Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko sent thousands of migrants from the Middle East into the EU.

Bussed to the border

Belarus invited people – mainly in Iraq – to fly to Minsk and then bussed them to the country’s heavily forested border with Poland and told them to walk across.

Warsaw responded by building a wall and deploying its security services, tactics that triggered a row within the EU over human rights.

The Kremlin was widely seen as encouraging the entire fiasco. It sees migrants as a tool for undermining European governments by sowing discontent, weakening cohesion and fracturing resolve.

Using the Wagner Group to further those goals by exacerbating the touchstone issue of migration ahead of a tense election would make perfect sense, one MP said on Friday.

“It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Wagner should get involved in the electoral contest in Italy,” said Enrico Borghi, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee.

“Putin’s Russia is trying to influence elections in our country. [He] has fired up a furnace – Libya, Africa. To place Italy in difficulty means keeping in check the whole of Europe.”

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