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According to the Kremlin, Russian President Putin met with Wagner mercenary head Yevgeny Prigozhin on June 29, five days after the group marched on Moscow in a brief uprising.
As stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin invited 35 people to the meeting, including unit commanders, and it lasted three hours. According to Peskov, the Wagner leaders told Putin that they were his warriors and would continue to fight for him.
The brief revolt organised by Prigozhin, in which Wagner warriors took control of Rostov, presented Putin with the most serious challenge to his power since taking over as Russia’s supreme leader on December 31, 1999.
It was defused through an agreement mediated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Putin has already expressed gratitude to his army and security forces for preventing chaos and civil war.
Chief Prigozhin was meant to leave for Belaru
Prigozhin has stated that the mutiny was not aimed at overturning the government, but rather at “bringing to justice” the army and military leaders for “blunders and unprofessional actions” in Ukraine.
Prigozhin was supposed to leave for Belarus under the terms of the agreement, but Lukashenko stated last week that he was back in Russia and that Wagner fighters had not yet accepted an offer to relocate to Belarus, raising concerns about the pact’s implementation.