Wagner Rebellion Nothing to Do With the U.S. and Its Allies
The Wagner chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, led an armed rebellion against Russia’s military leaders, criticizing their handling of the war in Ukraine and even targeting President Vladimir Putin. Wagner fighters appeared to seize control of the Russian military headquarters in Rostov-on-Don before being ordered back to their field camps following a truce brokered by Belarus.
President Biden spoke with U.S. allies over the weekend to coordinate a response to the rebellion and directed his national security team to prepare for various scenarios. The goal was to ensure that Putin could not blame the West or NATO for the events unfolding in Russia.
The message that the U.S. was not involved in the uprising was delivered to the Russians through diplomatic channels, and it was also communicated to U.S. allies and partners. The U.S. emphasized that it viewed the events as internal Russian matters and would not get involved.
The details of the truce between Putin and Prigozhin are still unclear, and the charges against Prigozhin have not been dropped yet. Prigozhin stated that the mutiny aimed to protect the autonomy of the Wagner Group from the Russian military and not to overthrow the government.
Wagner Rebellion Implications
President Biden acknowledged that it is still too early to determine the outcome and implications of the rebellion for Russia and its invasion of Ukraine. However, he reiterated the commitment of the U.S. and its allies to support Ukraine regardless of the events in Russia.
The U.S. is focused on ensuring Ukraine’s success on the battlefield and remains neutral in the internal matter between Putin and Prigozhin. President Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to reaffirm U.S. support for Ukraine and discuss the developments in Russia.
The situation in Russia continues to be assessed, and the outcome is yet to be determined. The U.S. will continue to monitor the situation and provide support to Ukraine throughout this period.