Wagner troops who settled in Belarus after the attempted coup in Russia are being watched closely by Poland, there are currently about 4,000 Wagner mercenaries in Belarus, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference on Thursday.
At the press conference, Morawiecki stated that they had met with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda about the Wagner group.
The Polish prime minister stressed that the Wagner group is quite dangerous.
“According to our data, there are about 4 thousand Wagner mercenaries in Belarus, and according to the information from Nauseda, this number is slightly higher,” he said.
Morawiecki stated that the Wagner presence was for Russia "a way of testing the reaction of Poland and its allies".
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Russian private security company Wagner, launched an armed rebellion against the Russian administration in June with the fighters with him. The uprising ended with the intervention of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Lukashenko, who suggested that Wagner settle in the country after Prigozhin went to Belarus,noted that the Belarusian army could benefit from the experience of Wagner mercenaries.
Wagner's founder, Prigozhin, reported on July 19 that a group of mercenaries had arrived on Belarusian territory and were training the Belarusian army.
Prigozhin, who promised to make the Belarusian army "the second army in the world", stated that they would stand by them if necessary.