"Putin was nowhere to be seen": the media pointed out an interesting nuance of "negotiations" with Prigozhin
The Russian media has revealed new details of the Kremlin's "negotiations" with the founder of the Wagner PMC, Evgeny Prigozhin, after his failed mutiny in Russia. They began as early as the evening of June 23, when he announced the start of his "march of justice," and around the middle of the day on June 24, the mercenary handler himself tried to get in touch with the government - and allegedly even "tried to call Putin, but the president did not want to talk to him".
TheMeduza newspaper reported this, citing its own sources close to President Vladimir Putin's administration. According to their estimates, Prigozhin allegedly realized that he had "exceeded the limit," and "the prospects for the movement of his columns are foggy.
Since the PMC handler insisted that the talks were attended by "top leaders," but the Kremlin dictator did not want to contact him, the final negotiations were handled by a large group of officials, which, in particular, included the head of the presidential administration, Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Russian Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov. The group was headed by self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
He, in the absence of Putin in the process, acted as a worthy confidant, so that Prigozhin could get out of the game, "saving face".
As the source noted, the "benefit" for Lukashenko is obvious: publicly he became the man who "saved Russia from a civil war at most, and from a lot of blood at least".
At the same time, the paper specifies that sources close to the Kremlin and the Russian government agree that Prigozhin lost as a result of his radical performance: "He was forced out of Russia. The president does not forgive such things". At the same time, it is assumed that there may be personnel changes in the leadership of the Defense Ministry, mostly due to the self-effacement of the department's leadership. Because neither Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu nor Valery Gerasimov, head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, have said a word about Prigozhin's uprising so far. It is also unknown where they have been all this time.
The sources also commented on Putin's behavior in this situation, stressing that the mutiny weakened his position.
"He could not condescend to Prigozhin, but he was nowhere to be found yesterday (after the TV address - ed.). He's 'the tsar,' the 'first one,' but damn, interfere when necessary, not make Lukashenko shine for himself and interrupt the power structures," noted the sources of the publication, close to the Kremlin.
According to their estimates, now it will be more difficult for the dictator to "assemble the vertical of power" - And there will only be more attempts to "rebuild the system" on the part of the "Russian elites".
Recall: June 23, Yevgeny Prigozhin and mercenaries of PMC "Wagner" in the morning "captured" Rostov, passed Voronezh region and reached Yelets in the Lipetsk region. There the march to Moscow, proclaimed by "Putin's cook", was stopped: Prigozhin announced the return of mercenaries to the "field headquarters" allegedly due to their unwillingness to "spill Russian blood. The columns turned back, and late in the evening, the "Wagnerians," led by Prigozhin, rolled up their military equipment and left Rostov.
As OBOZREVATEL reported:
- Western media Sunday editions paid attention to the attempted military coup in Russia. The front pages of reputable publications contained references to the "civil war" in the Russian Federation, which ended without ever really beginning. The majority of publications agreed that regardless of the duration and effectiveness of the "revolt," it was a personal humiliation for the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and shook the position of the Putin regime;
- At the same time, after reaching agreements with the Kremlin to complete the "march on Moscow," Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of the PMC Vagner, does not get in touch . His whereabouts at the moment is unknown;
- In turn, the most loyal to Putin's regime, the security and law enforcement officials admitted that the Kremlin has not stood the test of "emergency situation" when Prigozhin tried to arrange an insurgency. The general mood among the representatives of the power bloc indicates that changes in the leadership of the aggressor country are inevitable.