Wagner Mutiny Exposes Flaws in Russia's Military Machine - Borrell
Head of European Diplomacy, Josep Borrell, believes that the mutiny of mercenaries from the Wagner Group reveals flaws in Russia's military machine. He made these remarks on June 26 in Luxembourg ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Reuters reports the details.
"The political system demonstrates fragility, while military might shows cracks," stated Borrell, according to the agency.
He also expressed concern over the possibility of political instability in Russia, a nuclear-armed state.
"Putin's creation, the monster known as 'Wagner,' is now biting its creator," noted Borrell.
The EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also mentioned video conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, which marked the start of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.
"Ukraine remains our number one priority. Today, we officially adopt our second replenishment of the European Peace Facility (EPF) worth €3.5 billion. We will continue to double our military support in terms of equipment and training, as much as needed," tweeted Josep Borrell.
In turn, Kuleba urged the EU at the meeting of the European Council of Foreign Ministers to expedite Russia's defeat by bolstering support for Ukraine.
As reported by The Gaze, on June 23, the leader of the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC), Yevgeny Prigozhin, accused the Russian Ministry of Defense of attacking Wagner's rear camps.
Prigozhin subsequently announced a so-called "March of Justice," warning that if the mercenaries were not handed over to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army Valery Gerasimov, serious consequences would follow.
In response, Russian officials dismissed the accusations and launched a criminal case against Prigozhin.
On the morning of June 24, Wagner fighters seized all military facilities in Rostov. "Counter-terrorism operations" were initiated in several regions of the Russian Federation.
Alexander Lukashenko's press service reported successful negotiations with Prigozhin, resulting in an agreement to halt the mutiny.
Head of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, will be "working" in Belarus, while the criminal case against him regarding the attempted coup will be closed, and Wagner mercenaries will be absolved of any responsibility for their actions.