The Russian mercenary leader Evgeny Prigozhin It is no longer in Belarus, but in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenkowhich last month brokered an agreement to end an armed riot in Russia, has reported that Wagner’s creator is no longer in his country.
It was Lukashenko himself who confirmed on June 27 that Prigozhin had reached belarus as part of the deal struck with the Kremlin after their June 24 armed riot. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called the rebels’ actions a criminal adventure, a stab in the back for Russia and a betrayal
To date Prigozhin has avoided appearing before the Russian courts, although new investigations were opened after his riot. Belarus was at the moment the safest exit for the mutineer. But today Lukashenko gave journalists new clues about his whereabouts: “As for Prigozhin, he is in St. Petersburg. He is not on the territory of Belarus. Where is he this morning? Maybe he went to Moscow in the morning.” .
Lukashenko explained that an offer for Wagner locate some of his fighters in Belarus, a possibility that has alarmed neighboring NATO countries. The Belarusian government is willing to give up some of its bases, and some satellite images suggest it is building new ones.
Lukashenko assures that he does not see mercenaries as a risk for Belarus and that he does not believe that Wagner’s fighters will take up arms against his country. “As far as I was informed this morning, Wagner’s fighters are in their camps. In permanent camps, after withdrawing from the front to recover,” the Belarusian president added.