Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has confirmed the arrival of Wagner PMC chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in the country. Lukashenko, whose words son the Belta agency, indicated that security guarantees “have been provided” as promised by Moscow.
“Yes, indeed, he is in Belarus today. As I promised, if you want to change corners with us for a while and so on, we will help you. Naturally, at their expense (the Wagnerians),” Lukashenko said.
He agreed with the opinion of Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin that the Belarusian army would not be hampered by such a unit as the Wagner PMC.
“As Khrenin says: ‘I wouldn’t mind such a unit in the army. I agree,’ the Belarusian president said.
There will be no points for the recruitment of “Wagnerians”
According to Belta, Lukashenka noted that there would be no recruiting points for PMC Wagner in Belarus.
According to Lukashenka, there is a Belarusian among the leaders of Wagner – “it’s great, he speaks, he serves.”
“We can’t tie him up. We can’t keep anyone. You want to make a lot of money there… But you have to understand that every day you lie in an embrace with death. And a machine gun under the head, ”said the Belarusian president.
“Therefore, we don’t need to open points for the recruitment of ‘Wagner’. I don’t think they ever will.” declared Lukashenka.
According to him, those who want to serve in the PMC Wagner “will find their way there” themselves.
Lukashenka too declared that camps are not being built in Belarus to accommodate Wagner’s fighters, but if necessary they will help with accommodation.
You want to gain experience
Earlier on Tuesday, June 27, Lukashenko said during a meeting with the head of the Ministry of Defense, that one should not be afraid of “Wagnerians” – on the contrary, they can share “invaluable” experience.
“If their commanders come to us and help us… Experience. Look, they’re the front line, the assault squads. Tell us what’s important right now. <…> They’ll tell you about the weapons: which ones worked well, which didn’t. And tactics, and weapons, and how to attack, how to defend. It’s priceless. This is what we have to take from the Wagnerians, ”said the President of Belarus.
The Belarusian president noted that “there is nothing to fear from them”, but stressed that the authorities of the republic “keep their eyes open”.
Lukashenko previously helped resolve the situation in Russia linked to an attempted armed rebellion by PMC Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. The President of Belarus held talks with Prigozhin, after which on Saturday, June 24, he agreed to stop the movement of his PMC to Moscow. Wagner-related events that were qualified as an attempted armed rebellion, took place on June 23 and 24. Prigozhin accused the Defense Ministry of hitting his PMC’s positions and said 25,000 people would “find out why the chaos is happening in the country”. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the actions a “stab in the back”, although Prigozhin himself claims the so-called “march for justice” was not intended to “overthrow the existing regime. and legitimately elected authorities”. The fact that Prigozhin would leave for Belarus was reported to the Kremlin on Saturday. On Tuesday, June 27, we learned that the case of the rebellion was closed without further action.
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