The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) could listen in on the conversations of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with the head of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin during an attempted armed rebellion in Russia, the ARD television company claims.
According to the TV channel, a journalistic investigation revealed that the BND allegedly “was better informed about the coup attempt in Russia than previously reported.”
According to reporters, German intelligence officials most likely even followed the negotiations between Prigozhin and Lukashenka.
In addition, BND did not rule out the possibility of a mutiny by the founder of the private military company Wagner about a week before the events of June 23-24 and tried to verify this information with partners, the material says.
Since it was not possible to confirm this information, the intelligence service did not inform the Office of the Federal Chancellor about a possible rebellion in Russia in advance. As a result, the BND did not inform the German government about the events in Russia until the evening of June 23, when the rebellion attempt had actually begun.
The BND has previously faced criticism for not being aware of the Wagner PMC’s intention to commit a mutiny in Russia. As Der Spiegel magazine wrote, German intelligence received data from American colleagues on the movement of Wagner forces, but could not independently verify and correctly evaluate them.
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What is happening with Wagner PMC in Syria
Against this background, Reuters observers claim that during an attempted armed rebellion in the Russian Federation, intelligence and units of Syrian government forces “assisted the Russian military in isolating and liquidating the forces of the “Wagnerites” on the territory of the republic as a military organization.
Thus, in Damascus they tried to prevent the spread of the escalation, the source of the publication explained.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, the joint Russian-Syrian operation was allegedly carried out on the night of June 23. The operational measures of the Syrian security forces included blocking communication lines, as well as facilitating the arrival of the commanders of Wagner PMC units at the location of the military contingent of the Russian Armed Forces in order to force them to leave the country or sign a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The total number of Wagner fighters in Syria did not exceed 450 people, follows from the text. Representatives of PMCs who refused to sign the contract were taken out of Syria on Russian transport aircraft, a source told Reuters, without specifying the number of “Wagnerites” remaining in the republic.