Lukashenko says Putin wanted to ‘wipe out’ Prigozhin during mutiny attempt

Lukashenko says Putin wanted to ‘wipe out’ Prigozhin during mutiny attempt

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko revealed that he convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin not to eliminate mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, following what the Kremlin portrayed as a mutiny that could have led to civil war in Russia. Initially, Putin had vowed to crush the mutiny, likening it to the turmoil of the revolution and civil war in 1917. However, a deal was quickly reached to allow Prigozhin and some of his fighters to seek refuge in Belarus. Prigozhin subsequently flew to Belarus from Russia.

During his conversation with Putin, Lukashenko used Russian criminal slang to describe the act of killing someone, equivalent to the English phrase “wipe out.” According to Belarusian state media, Lukashenko stated in a meeting with army officials and journalists that he understood a brutal decision had been made to wipe out the mutineers. Lukashenko then recounted his suggestion to Putin not to rush into action and instead engage in dialogue with Prigozhin and his commanders. However, Putin dismissed the idea, claiming that Prigozhin refused to communicate with anyone.

This is not the first time Putin has used the same Russian verb to express his determination to eliminate a group. In 1999, he vowed to “wipe them out in the shithouse” when referring to Chechen militants. These remarks became emblematic of Putin’s severe persona and were widely quoted.

The Kremlin has not yet responded to Lukashenko’s remarks, which provide a rare glimpse into the conversations taking place within the Kremlin as Russia faced a level of turmoil not seen in decades. Lukashenko, who is both familiar with Prigozhin and a close ally of Putin, advised the Russian president to consider the potential consequences of eliminating Prigozhin. He warned that such an action could trigger a widespread revolt among Prigozhin’s fighters.

Lukashenko also mentioned that his own army could benefit from the experience of the Wagner troops, who are now allowed to move to Belarus under an agreement with the Kremlin. He referred to the Wagner troops as the most trained unit in the army and emphasized that his military does not possess such skilled individuals.

Later, Lukashenko addressed his military, explaining that their approach to the situation is pragmatic. He highlighted the value of learning from the Wagner troops, stating that they can provide insights on weaponry and their effectiveness.

Prigozhin halted what he referred to as the “march of justice” towards Moscow from Rostov-on-Don, a city located within 200 kilometers of the capital, after Lukashenko intervened.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge in Moscow, Lidia Kelly in Melbourne, and Nick Starkov in Kyiv. Editing by Andrew Osborn and Peter Graff.

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