The first statements of Lavrov and Prigozhin after Wagner’s rebellion in Russia

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In a televised interview with Rasha Today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasized that despite the recent events, Wagner’s militia operations will continue in Mali and the Central African Republic.

In this televised interview that was conducted on Monday (June 26), the Russian Foreign Minister stated that the recent rebellion of the Wagner group in Russia will not affect Moscow’s relations with its allies.

The head of the diplomatic service added that the mission of Wagner group members in Mali and the Central African Republic is education and this mission will continue.

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, the two mentioned African countries, after distancing themselves from Europe and France, have turned to Russia and the Wagner Group and are looking to strengthen their military through the training of this group so that they can guarantee the safety of their leaders.

Meanwhile, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner group, announced after the unsuccessful rebellion in Russia that the purpose of this disobedience was not to overthrow the power in his country.

According to AFP, Mr. Prigogine also claimed that the civilians he met during the uprising supported Wagner.

The commander and founder of Wagner’s military contracting group emphasized that the purpose of the call for the march of justice and rebellion of his forces was to save this militia group that was threatened to be recruited into the army.

However, from the point of view of Western countries, in addition to playing a role as an auxiliary force for the Russian army in the Ukraine war, Wagner is also considered a tool of Moscow’s influence to advance Russia’s interests in other parts of the world in competition with Europeans.

This private military contractor group is also accused by the West of abuse of power, brutal use of violence and illegal exploitation of natural resources in the places where it is deployed.

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