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    Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered the first address following the Wagner rebellion. The speech of the head of state was broadcast live on Rossiya 24 during the special issue.

    “Vladimir Putin’s statement from the Kremlin is expected this evening,” the channel host said.

    He also referred to the words of the press secretary of the President, Dmitry Peskov, that “these statements, without exaggeration, will determine the fate of Russia.”

    The same quote was posted on his channel by TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov, and the host of the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” Pavel Zarubin. Both posts were later removed.

    According to The Bell (the organization is included by the Ministry of Justice in the list of foreign agents), in fact, Peskov did not say such words, the quote appeared in the anonymous BRIEF Telegram channel. Dmitry Peskov himself, in a conversation with the publication, admitted that this quote is “of course, a fake.”

    “There was no such statement. Very unprofessional on the part of many…” Peskov told RIA Novosti.

    The BRIEF Telegram channel soon wrote that the quote was taken from another anonymous Telegram channel, Staraya Ploshchad. In this channel, in turn, they said that they took a quote from a media post about show business – StarHit.

    What Putin said

    Putin said that any “blackmail”, as well as attempts to “arrange internal turmoil” would never succeed.

    “An armed rebellion would have been suppressed anyway,” the president said. According to him, the entire society, as well as parties and religious organizations, took a “strong position”, supporting the constitutional order.

    Putin accused the organizers of the rebellion of “betrayal of the country”, as well as of “betrayal of those who were with them.” He added that the vast majority of employees of PMC “Wagner” are patriots of Russia, and were “used in the dark” during the rebellion. He did not name Yevgeny Prigozhin.

    Putin noted the courage of the pilots of the Russian Aerospace Forces who died during the attacks of the Wagner PMC (there were no official reports on this topic before – approx. Gazeta) – according to him, their courage “saved Russia.” He thanked all the military and intelligence officers who “stand in the way of the rebels.”

    In addition, Putin said that he tried to avoid bloodshed. He also thanked the head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, for his contribution to resolving the conflict with the PMC leadership.

    Finally, Putin invited the Wagnerites to sign a contract with the Ministry of Defense or other power structures.

    “This is exactly the outcome – fratricide – that the enemies of Russia wanted: both the neo-Nazis in Kyiv, and their Western patrons, and all sorts of national traitors. They wanted Russian soldiers to kill each other, so that military personnel and civilians would die, so that in the end Russia would lose, and our society would split, choke in bloody civil strife, ”said Vladimir Putin.

    Reaction across the ocean

    The exact whereabouts of Yevgeny Prigozhin is now unknown – according to rumors, he is somewhere in Belarus, in the Mogilev region. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the United States would seek extradition of the Wagner PMC founder if he ends up in a country with which there is an extradition agreement.

    The United States does not have an extradition agreement with Belarus.

    Miller also noted that the American administration had not entered into contacts with the Belarusian authorities regarding the attempted rebellion in Russia. According to him, Washington would like “the Wagner PMC to cease to exist.”

    Lukashenko’s message

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will address journalists on Tuesday, June 27th. No emergency appeal is planned, Igor Tur, an observer for the ONT state channel, said.

    “Lukashenka is already almost credited with some kind of today’s “emergency appeal to the nation”. And certainly nothing urgent is happening in Belarus for Lukashenko to go on the air in the evening,” Tur said.

    In this way, he commented on the message in the unofficial channel of Lukashenko’s press service “Pool of the First”.

    “The first one will tell everything, answer everything. Very soon! Follow the agenda!” – says the publication, which was released simultaneously with the announcement of Vladimir Putin’s speech.

    Meeting with the participation of Shoigu

    After Putin’s address, Channel One also showed a meeting of the president with the heads of law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation.

    According to Dmitry Peskov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Russian Guard Viktor Zolotov, FSO director Dmitry Kochnev and head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino.

    It follows from the public part of the meeting on the Kremlin’s website that the participants of the meeting gathered “to talk about the tasks that we face, as a result of the analysis of the events that took place in the country.”

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