US says it is a new thing to see Putin’s leadership directly challenged

US says it is a new thing to see Putin’s leadership directly challenged

The U.S. State Department has stated that the situation in Russia remains dynamic following an aborted mutiny, and that it does not have any assessment about the whereabouts of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the boss of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters that it is new to see President Putin’s leadership directly challenged and to see Prigozhin questioning the rationale for the war. Prigozhin led Saturday’s armed revolt, only to call it off as his fighters approached Moscow, having shot down several aircraft but meeting no resistance on the ground during a dash of nearly 800 km. Wagner has fought the bloodiest battles of the 16-month war in Ukraine.

The United States had communications with the Russian government on Saturday, both through U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy and at other levels. Tracy told Russian officials that the United States expects Russia to uphold its obligations to protect embassy and diplomatic personnel. Miller said the events over the weekend reinforce Washington’s concerns about the instability Wagner brings when it enters any country.

Wagner, staffed by veterans of the Russian armed forces, has fought in Libya, Syria, the Central African Republic, Mali, and other countries. It was founded in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and started supporting pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Miller said Washington does not know what will happen to Wagner in Ukraine or in Africa, but to the extent that the group or a successor organization continues to operate in Africa, Ukraine, or elsewhere, the United States will take actions to hold them accountable.

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