Biden tells Putin he has no excuse responsible for Wagner’s move to the West

President Joe Biden said Monday that neither Western nor NATO allies were alarmed by the short-lived Wagner Group uprising in Russia and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to blame them.

In his first public remarks about the coup attempt, Biden said that when he spoke to allies this weekend about the zoom word, they all agreed that “we had to make sure we didn’t exonerate Putin — we didn’t exonerate Putin. like blaming the West or blaming NATO.

“We made it clear that we were not involved. We had nothing to do with it. It was part of the fight in the Russian system,” Biden mentioned in the East Room of the White House.

He was famous for keeping the scenario in Russia a “wait and see” scenario, however famously he asked his national security team to give you a “string of scenarios” to respond to if it was imperative.

Biden, who spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this weekend, said he plans to speak with him again in a day or two.

“The final outcome of all of this remains to be seen, but whatever happens, I will continue to ensure that our allies and our partners are closely aligned in how we read the situation and how we respond to it. It is important that we remain fully coordinated,” said Biden.

President Joe Biden mentioned that neither Western nor NATO allies were concerned about the Wagner group’s short-lived unrest in Russia.

Russia then remains in turmoil Wagner’s leader Yevgeny Prigozhin led an unsuccessful armed uprising on Saturday night.

Putin has not been seen in public, adding to uncertainty about his authority.

Exiled to Belarus, Prigozhin claimed in his initial remarks about his attempted coup against Putin that his move on Moscow was a “master class” in what a Russian attack on Kiev should have been considered.

Prigozhin said in an 11-minute audio clip posted on Wagner-linked Telegram channels that he only named his group’s attack on the Russian capital to avoid spilling Russian blood. in the battle in Ukraine not to overthrow the federal government in Moscow.

He described his Wagner mercenaries as “probably the most experienced and effective unit in Russia, perhaps the world,” and said his private army firm had done “tremendous work in the interests of Russia.”

And he claimed he launched the rebellion to “prevent the destruction of the Wagner Group”, including being ordered to hand over their weapons to the Russian military, and suffering additional casualties from Russian air strikes.

Wagner’s manager additionally confirmed that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was instrumental in brokering a deal between the Kremlin and Prigozhin that could allow the latter to avoid punishment for organizing the rebellion.

It is alleged that Lukashenko spared Prigozhin in Minsk to ensure his safety and amnesty for all of Wagner’s troops, who captured half of the southern metropolis of Rostov-on-Don and marched on Moscow.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of the army firm Wagner Group, appears as from an army vehicle on the avenue in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2023.

On June 24, 2023, members of the Wagner group departed from the headquarters of the Southern Military District and returned to their base in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Prigozhin was finally seen in public late Saturday, smiling and shaking hands with supporters after ending his brief mutiny and sending his troops marching toward Moscow again.

Since then, his whereabouts are unknown.

The Kremlin said on Saturday that the cease-fire agreement meant Russia would withdraw from the case in opposition to Prigozhin.

However, several Russian media reported {that a criminal investigation against Prigozhin is still ongoing, and some lawmakers are calling for stiff sentences after Putin announced on Saturday that he would punish “traitors who betray Russia.”

While Wagner’s armed uprising on Russian soil came as a shock to most, Prigozhin’s hatred of the Russian military command has long been established.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been seen since Saturday

Before the uprising, he had spent months insulting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian army chief General Valery Gerasimov, attacking them for failing to supply his troops with sufficient ammunition throughout the battle for the Ukrainian combat base city of Bakhmut. the longest and bloodiest battle.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin says Putin is busy and working. Russian officers said he had spoken to Qatar’s late Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi to support their aid.

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