(NationRise.com) – Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin may have broken the deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he allegedly returned to Russia from Belarus. During a recent press conference in Minsk, the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, revealed that Prigozhin flew to St Petersburg, claiming he was a “free man.”
Lukashenko was the leading figure in the deal between Prigozhin and Putin, where the Wagner mercenary group leader would end his mutiny in exchange for amnesty for him and his men. Kremlin officials allowed the Belarusian President to negotiate a pact between the two leaders as he’s not only one of Putin’s main allies but also one of Prigozhin’s best friends.
As part of this deal, Prigozhin went to Belarus a couple of days after he announced the end of his mutiny against the Kremlin. Different media outlets reported he was going to live in exile in Minsk as part of the deal. However, Lukashenko said the Wagner leader was already in Russia, saying he “doesn’t believe” Putin will “have him eliminated.”
Prigozhin reportedly told the Belarusian dictator before leaving that he was aware of the dangers he was facing and that he was wary of his security. Lukashenko allegedly responded that his offer of hosting him and his men in Belarus was still open and offered some former military towns, including one near Osipovichi.
The Wagner chief’s return to St Petersburg came a couple of days after Putin ordered a raid on his mansion in that city. Authorities posted numerous photos of the raid that were uploaded to social media. Some pictures showed multiple wigs, assault rifles, and ammunition.
According to the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Prigozhin met with Putin on June 29, where both leaders discussed the deal. Peskov added that the meeting lasted three hours, and the Russian government was eventually able to provide a “detailed assessment” of Wagner’s mutiny attempt against it.
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