Representatives of PMC Wagner in February were negotiating with representatives of Turkey on the supply of weapons. According to The Washington Post, this follows from the secret documents of the Pentagon, which were made public as a result of the leak.
In one of the reports that fell into the hands of journalists, it is said that the Wagner PMC tried to purchase weapons and uniforms from Turkey for mercenaries in Mali and Ukraine. As follows from the document, the interim President of Mali, Assimi Goita, "confirmed that Mali can acquire weapons from Turkey on behalf of Wagner."
It remains unclear who the negotiations were with, how they ended and whether the Turkish authorities knew about them. But the fact that a NATO member could help Russia in its war against Ukraine could cause a backlash, especially against the backdrop of Ankara blocking Sweden's entry into the North Atlantic alliance, WP notes. The Turkish government declined to comment, and the Malian embassy in Washington also did not respond to the newspaper's request.
On April 7, American secret documents concerning Ukraine, the Middle East and China appeared on social networks. As reported by The New York Times, more than 100 documents leaked to the network, including those marked "top secret". They, in particular, contain information about the war in Ukraine, including the combat capabilities of the country.