According to the AFP, Russians in some large cities have reported mixed emotions such as “sympathy” and “relief” after the head of Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, mounted a short-lived armed rebellion that made its way halfway to Moscow from the Rostov region on Saturday before Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko mediated a ceasefire between Prigozhin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Once the ceasefire was in place, Prigozhin ordered his forces to stand down and turn around while he is headed to ‘exile’ in Belarus and his mercenaries are being given the option to sign a contract with the Russian military. A peaceful handover occurred of military headquarters in the south, particularly in Rostov-on-Don from Wagner troops to the regular Russian military.
On Sunday, the Kremlin turned its attention from ending the crisis to convincing the world that everything is stable and back to “normal” in Russia. State media have made it a point to note that traffic is back to normal on the critical north-south M-4 Don highway, which Saturday was subject to roadblocks and long traffic jams amid reports of possible conflicts or gunfire.
Now, in the face of Western gloating over the rebellious Wagner “march” to Moscow, Putin is eager to reiterate to the Russian population who Moscow’s friends are.
‘NO AD’ subscription for CDM! Sign up here and support real investigative journalism and help save the republic!‘
The Foreign Ministry has announced that China fully supported the Kremlin’s attempts to counter the Wagner mutiny.
A statement released in TASS said, “The Chinese side expressed support for the efforts of the leadership of the Russian Federation to stabilize the situation in the country in connection with the events of June 24, and reaffirmed its interest in strengthening the unity and further prosperity of Russia.”
The statement was released after a meeting in Beijing between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko and China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu.
An official readout from Beijing, however, did not offer many details on the alleged solidarity with Moscow.
The readout claimed that the two deputy foreign ministers had “exchanged views” on their respective ties and “international and regional issues of common concern.”
Meanwhile, a statement from China’s foreign ministry said, “As Russia’s friendly neighbor and comprehensive strategic partner of coordination for the new era, China supports Russia in maintaining national stability and achieving development and prosperity.”
- U.S. Intelligence Knew Of Wagner Mutiny Days Before
- Looks Like Wagner Gets Paid – Crisis Averted In Russia With Lukashenko Negotiating