It's too early to talk about the consequences of Prigozhin's rebellion, but Britain is ready for different scenarios, Sunak says
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that it was too early to talk about the consequences of the mutiny of the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin. But his country is ready for different scenarios.
This was reported by the international news agency Reuters. Sunak stressed the potentially destabilising impact of tensions between the Wagner group and Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin.
As you know, last weekend Putin faced an unprecedented challenge to his authority as a result of a failed coup by heavily armed mercenaries from the Wagner group.
The extraordinary events have left governments, both friendly and hostile to Russia, scrambling to find answers to what might happen next in the country with the world's largest nuclear arsenal.
Sunak said the UK was following the developments closely.
"It's too early to predict with certainty what the consequences of this might be, but of course we are prepared, as always, for a range of scenarios," Sunak told reporters.
"This is a situation that we have been analysing and monitoring for some time because we are aware of the potentially destabilising impact of Russia's illegal war in Ukraine and indeed the tensions between the Wagner group and the Putin regime," he added.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- On 23 June, Prigozhin accused the Russian Defence Ministry of shelling the positions of the Wagner PMC, which allegedly led to the death and injury of a large number of mercenaries. The Ministry of Defence called the accusation a provocation. However, Putin's "cook" announced that he would take revenge and "liberate Russia";
- However, on the evening of 24 June, Prigozhin said that his mercenaries were "returning to the field camps". And footage appeared on the Internet of the Wagnerites beginning to gather their weapons and equipment.