Belarusian president brokers deal with Russian mercenary leader

Wagner forces retreat as Prigozhin announces change in direction

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. (Photo: Facebook)
The office of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday that he had brokered a deal with mutinous Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin who had agreed to de-escalate the situation.اضافة اعلان

The announcement, carried on the official Telegram channel of the Belarusian presidency, said Prigozhin had agreed to halt the further movement of Wagner fighters across Russia. The deal happened in agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, media outlet reported.

The Belarusian presidential press service stated that "Prigozhin accepted Lukashenko's proposal to cease the movement of Wagner Group in Russia and take further steps to de-escalate tensions."

The comments by Prigozhin in an audio message came after Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenko said he negotiated with the mercenary boss to stop Wagner’s troop movement.

Earlier, rebel mercenaries advanced north towards Moscow after seizing a key military base Saturday, just as Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin's vowed to defeat the revolt and head off the threat of civil war. The rapidly escalating events mark the most serious challenge yet to the Russian president's rule — and Russia's most serious security crisis since the strongman came to power in late 1999.

The press service revealed that negotiations with Prigozhin lasted throughout Saturday. As a result, agreements were reached regarding the prevention of a bloodbath on Russian soil.

Prigozhin proposed to Lukashenko to halt the movement of armed individuals affiliated with the Wagner company on Russian territory and take further steps to ease tensions.

The service concluded its statement by saying that currently, "there is an acceptable and entirely comfortable option to resolve the situation on the table, with security guarantees for Wagner's private military fighters."

Wagner forces retreatThe head of the Wagner private military company, Prigozhin, announced the halt of his forces' movement towards Moscow, confirming that they have turned around and are now leaving in the opposite direction.

The Belarusian Security Council confirmed in an official statement that Minsk remains a strong ally of Russia and supports it in achieving the goals of the special military operation in Ukraine that will determine the fate of the Slavic world.

The council hinted that any internal civil crises in Russia, whether in military, political, or civil society circles, are considered a valuable gift to the West.

Western powers 'will not hesitate to exploit' situation
It emphasized that even if the relevant Western powers are not directly involved in the current scenario unfolding in Russia, they will not hesitate to exploit, develop, and lead the situation in the future if it is not quickly resolved.

It pointed out that what is happening in Russia currently could lead to a major catastrophe, stating, "Russia's history has not witnessed a more terrifying event than the destructive turmoil that is fundamentally meaningless."

Finally, the statement urged the rebellious forces of Wagner to return to their positions on the frontlines and avoid internal disputes.

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