US Intelligence alerted the White House about Prigozhin’s plans to attack the Russian defense apparatus
Agents of United States intelligence They assured this Saturday that Yevgeniy Prigozhinthe leader of the Wagner mercenary group, had plans to attack the Russian defense apparatuswhich he holds responsible for fail in the invasion of Ukraineand promptly alerted the White House and other government entities so that they were prepared for any eventuality, as stated in a report to which the newspaper had access The Washington Post.
The officials, who asked not to be named, said the details and exact timing of the attack Prigozhin it was unknown until shortly before it shocked the world with its assault on a Russian military commando and its advance on Moscow on Friday night. But “there were enough indications to inform the leaders… that something was brewing”, indicated one of the US agents. “So I think he did not catch them off guard,” according to information collected by the aforementioned newspaper.
According to the US intelligence in the last two weeks there was “great concern” about what could happen: if the Russian presidentVladimir Putinwould remain in power, and what implications any instability would have for the dominance of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
“There were many doubts about it”, indicated one of the agents. The authorities indicated that the main fear was the instability that could result from a Russian “civil war”. They assured that in the last two weeks this action was reported to senior officials of the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and Congress.
The G7 agreed on a joint response to the situation in Russia after the Wagner Group rebellion
The G7 foreign ministers agreed on a joint response regarding the situation in Russia, following the Wagner group rebellion against the military leadership of the Russian president, Vladimir Putinduring an emergency conference call held on Saturday.
The chancellors of the G7 participated this Saturday in a telephone meeting where they discussed “pressing issues facing the cinternational Community, including the situation in Russia,” according to the head of Japanese diplomacy, Yoshimasa Hayashiit’s a statement.
The call lasted about 40 minutes and included the ministers of the group of seven -formed by Japan, the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom-, except the Italian, in addition to a representative of the European Union.
All of them “shared the view that the G7 will continue to work closely together”, picks up the text.
The group’s response follows a challenge that kicked off on Friday night, when the uprising of the group of Russian mercenaries Wagner claiming that they had suffered an attack by the Russian Ministry of Defense itself.
The head of this group Yevgeny Prigozhinhalted his rebellion against Putin’s military leadership 200 kilometers from the capital to avoid bloodshed, he said.
The Russian president described the Wagner uprising as treason and affirmed that those responsible will pay for it.
Wagner Group paramilitaries left the Russian city of Rostov
He wagner groupwhich led an armed rebellion in Russia this Saturday, began to withdraw its forces from the city of Rostov, after reaching an agreement with the Russian authorities.
The Wagner’s militiamen they already left the territory of the russian army headquarters located in that city, which had been taken during the early hours of this Saturday, according to the statements of the head of the group, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
according to the newspaper Kommersantthe locals flocked to see off the Wagnerites.
“Thanks for coming here today. I finally started to believe in this country”, said one of the inhabitants of Rostov to the Wagner militiamen, according to the newspaper.
The withdrawal of the fighters of the Rostov mercenary group comes less than two hours after Prigozhin announced that Wagner will return to his bases to avoid a bloodshed in Russia.
Prigozhin made this statement when Wagner’s forces were about 200 kilometers from Moscowú and after reaching an agreement with the Russian authorities thanks to the mediation of the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko.