Russian President Vladimir Putin met with mercenary group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin on June 29, five days after the Wagner group marched on Moscow in a short-lived mutiny, the Kremlin said on Monday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin invited 35 people to the meeting, including unit commanders, and that it lasted three hours. The Wagner commanders told Putin they were his soldiers and would continue to fight for him, Peskov said.
The revolt, dubbed the "march for justice" by Wagner fighters chief Prigozhin, was the most serious challenge Putin has faced since he took office on the last day of 1999.
Prigozhin was neutralized in a deal brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Prigozhin has said the mutiny was not aimed at overthrowing the government but at "bringing to justice" the army and defense chiefs for what he called their blunders and unprofessional actions in Ukraine.
Prigozhin was supposed to go to Belarus under the terms of the agreement. But Lukashenko said last week that the Wagner chief had returned to Russia and that the Wagner fighters had not yet accepted the offer to move to Belarus. He raised problems with the implementation of the agreement.
Source: Al Arabiya