Blinken on Prigozhin's mutiny against Putin: I doubt we've seen the last act
The internal tension in Russia, which culminated in the attempted military mutiny of Evgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner Cheka, has not gone anywhere. The very fact of such an attack against the Russian authorities indicates the "cracks" in Putin's regime, and it was, most likely, "not the last act.
This view was expressed by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in his commentary on ABC This Week. He is convinced that someone thus challenged the leadership of dictator Vladimir Putin in Russia.
"The picture is still moving, and I doubt we've seen the last act," Blinken stressed.
He noted that he didn't want to speculate, but the problems are obvious.
"There's Prigozhin, who publicly questions the very premise of Russian aggression against Ukraine, other notions that Ukraine or NATO pose any kind of threat to Russia. There is someone who is challenging Putin's leadership very publicly and openly," he said.
According to the U.S. Secretary of State, this is primarily because of Russia's failures on the front in Ukraine, because 16 months ago the terrorist state led by a dictator was going to seize Kyiv in a matter of days, but today they had to defend Moscow.
"So, I think it's obvious - we're seeing cracks appear. Where they're going to go, if they go, when they go, it's very hard to say. I don't want to speculate on that. I don't think we've seen the final act." Blinken concluded.
It should be remembered that the Kremlin's most loyal to Putin's regime also acknowledged that the Kremlin was unable to withstand the "extraordinary situation" when Prigozhin tried to stage a mutiny. The general mood among representatives of the security bloc indicates that changes in the Russian aggressor country's leadership are inevitable.
However, sources in the Russian Federation claim that changes in the Defense Ministry and General Staff are unlikely to take place and that Shoigu and Gerasimov will remain in their positions. Otherwise, for Putin, the resignation of the Defense Minister would mean that he has in fact admitted pressure from the "Wagnerites" and signed his own weakness.
As OBOZREVATEL reported:
- in the Italian Foreign Ministry came to the conclusion that the military revolt in the Russian Federation, which the other day arranged, but never completed the head of the "Wagner" PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin, had its results. For example, in the minds of many, these events in the aggressor country have destroyed the myth of unity of Putin's Russia;
- Meanwhile, most Western media reports on the events in Russia have concluded that regardless of the length and effectiveness of the "revolt," it was a personal humiliation for the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and significantly shook the position of the Putin regime.