According to Italian intelligence, there would be a well-defined chain in the chain of transmission of orders that Moscow could deliver to Rome. Wagner has at least two cells in Europe: one in the Balkans that moves between Serbia and Albania; another in Estonia.
The inclusion of a government representative of a G7 country as a PMC’s stated target is obviously something that marks an increased level of risk.
Intelligence notes that Crosetto was “ordered” because of his recent claims of a significant increase in the arrival of migrants by sea from North Africa, arguing that Russian mercenaries of Wagner PMCs may be behind this.
On the same day, PMC founder Yevgeny Prigozhin denied the accusations of the Italian government, saying that “we are not aware of what is happening with the migration crisis, we are not dealing with this, we have a bunch of other problems that need to be solved,” and insulted Crosetto, calling him “a jerk and a bully”.