President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia held a prolonged assembly with Yevgeny V. Prigozhin and his prime commanders from the Wagner personal army firm simply 5 days after the group launched a short mutiny, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov mentioned on Monday.
It’s the first recognized contact between the 2 males because the Wagner group’s temporary rebellion, which posed essentially the most dramatic problem to Mr. Putin’s authority in his greater than twenty years in energy.
Mr. Putin invited 35 individuals to the three-hour assembly, together with the highest Wagner commanders and the group’s chief, Mr. Prigozhin, on June 29, the Kremlin spokesman mentioned. Simply days earlier, the mercenaries seized a southern Russian metropolis and an vital Russian army headquarters, and commenced a short-lived march on Moscow, searching for the removing of the management of the Russian Protection Ministry.
Within the days since, the standing of Mr. Prigozhin, the Wagner group and its fighters has been shrouded in thriller. Regardless of the announcement of a deal below which Mr. Prigozhin known as off the rebellion and would go to Belarus, he has remained in Russia, based on Russian information experiences and the Belarusian president. Mr. Prigozhin has not been seen publicly since June 24, the day of the rebellion.
Mr. Peskov described the main points of the assembly as “unknown,” elevating additional questions on the way forward for Wagner.
“The one factor we will say is that the president gave his evaluation of the corporate’s actions” throughout each the warfare in Ukraine and the rebellion, Mr. Peskov mentioned. “Putin heard out the commanders and proposed additional employment choices and additional fight choices.”
The commanders shared with Mr. Putin their model of occasions, Mr. Peskov mentioned, and pledged their loyalty to the Russian president. Mr. Prigozhin had beforehand asserted that the temporary mutiny was a stand towards Russia’s army management, not Mr. Putin or his authorities.
“They emphasised that they’re staunch supporters and troopers of the top of state and commander in chief — and in addition mentioned they’re ready to combat for the nation going ahead,” Mr. Peskov mentioned.