Tokyo. Takeo Akiba, head of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, and Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the White House in the US, on Sunday discussed the situation in Russia involving private military company (PMC) Wagner Group and its head Yevgeny Prigozhin. A statement issued by the Japanese government said that during the talks, both sides reiterated their commitment to closer cooperation.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also received a report on the situation in Russia from senior Foreign Ministry officials on Sunday. It is notable that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on Friday opened a criminal case for inciting an armed rebellion over the statements made by Prigozhin. The FSB said there is a risk of escalation of the conflict on Russian territory. The Russian Defense Ministry said that social media reports of alleged Russian military attacks on PMC Wagner camps are not true.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Wagner group’s actions an armed rebellion and treason in a televised address to the nation on Saturday and promised tough measures against the rebels. Subsequently, the Belarus presidential office said that Prigozhin accepted the proposal of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to stop the movement of Wagner troops in Russia and take steps to calm the situation. Prigozhin later confirmed the information, saying that Wagner’s troops were returning to their field camps.
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