Russian President Vladimir Putin and Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. Photo: reproduction

The Kremlin announced on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had met Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner paramilitary group, at the Presidency in Moscow on June 29, a few days after a failed uprising.

According to the spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov, the meeting lasted “almost three hours”, during which Putin evaluated the riot that occurred on June 24 and heard the commanders of the Wagner group, who affirmed their support for the president and pledged to “keep fighting” for Russia.

Peskov reported that 35 people participated.

During the meeting, Putin evaluated Wagner’s performance on the battlefield in a special military operation, as well as the events that took place on June 24, Peskov said, referring to the mutiny led by Prigozhin, which was aborted when his troops were about to about 200 kilometers from Moscow.

Militiamen from the Wagner group in Rostov, Russia. Photo:Reuters/Stringer

Putin listened to “the commanders’ explanations” and offered them job options after the rebellion, according to the Kremlin.

“The commanders themselves presented their version of events and stressed that they were loyal supporters and soldiers of the head of state and commander-in-chief,” that is, Putin, added Peskov.

Wagner leaders also stated that they were ready to continue fighting for the motherland.

“That’s all we can say about this meeting”, concluded Peskov, without providing information about an alleged deal with Belarus, where Prigozhin and his soldiers would have gone.

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