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Russian President Vladimir Putin offered details on Thursday of his meeting with Yevgeny Prigozhin and 35 other commanders of the Wagner group, which took place days after the attempted armed insurrection of the private military company.


They reveal a meeting between the president of Russia and the head of the Wagner group

In an interview with a local media outlet, Putin assured: "On the one hand, at the meeting I gave you my assessment of what they had done on the battlefield; on the other hand, of what they did during the events of June 24." , when the attempted rebellion occurred.

The Russian president asserted: "In addition, I showed them the possible options for their future performance of military service, including their use in combat." It was also known that he told them that "all of them could meet in the same place and continue serving. Nothing would change for them."

Asked about the possibility of the group "being preserved as a combat unit," Putin replied: "But the Wagner private military company does not exist." "We have no legislation regarding private military organizations, [así que] It just doesn't exist," he said.

Putin added that it is a legal matter related to the "real legalization" of this type of paramilitary groups. "That issue must be discussed in the Duma (lower house of Parliament) and the government. It is not an easy issue," he explained.

In addition, he recognized that the fighters of the group "had fought with dignity" and "it is sad that they have been dragged into these events."

Mainly between the Russian Ministry of Defense and Prigozhin, the conflict escalated on the night of June 24 when the Wagner group occupied the building of the General Staff of the Southern Military District, in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, and reported that they were headed towards Moscow (capital).

Putin described the acts as a "military uprising" and asserted that "actions to protect the homeland" from this threat would be "forceful." Then Prigozhin agreed to stop the movement of his forces and agreed after talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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