President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has said that the Wagner Criminal Private military group leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin that led short-lived mutiny against Russia Government, left the Belarusian territory on Thursday back to his own country, Russia.
President, Alexander Lukashenko disclosed this on Thursday during interactive interview with Belarusian and foreign media in Minsk.
Lukashenko said in quote: “The Wagner fighters did not move to our country, and they are still in their camps where they gathered after Bakhmut”.
Adding that, the leader of the “Wagner” group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, “is in Russia and is not present in our country,” indicating that “he may have gone since morning to Moscow.”
An expert had said that the Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin may not have ever made it to Belarus, having not been seen since he struck a deal with the Kremlin to halt a mutiny.
Matthew Sussex, from the ANU’S Strategic and Defence Studies Centre during a media interview said where mercenary leader went after the failed uprising remains unclear.
The Belarusian president also said that “Wagner’s move to Belarus is linked to the decision of the Russian leadership and the Wagner company itself.”
“I do not see a danger to Belarus due to the stationing of the forces of a private military company in it”, the Belarusian President said.
Lukashenko also said that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky had realized that he “will not win this battle, and has begun to take steps to get out of the impasse in which he has put himself.”
He said that after Western promises to help Ukraine, Zelensky thought that he had “wings and flew with them,” but that did not happen.
It would be recalled that on June 28, 2023, Belarus announced that it would welcome Prigozhin, who then arrived in exile on its soil, according to the announcement made within the framework of an agreement that put an end to his rebellion in Russia.
Wagner group leader exiled to Belarus after talks the Belarusian president held with Prigozhin, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Putin’s approval of a proposal by Lukashenko to stop the Wagner group’s movements on Russian soil which ended the less than a day mutiny.