China’s first reaction after Wagner uprising: What’s happening in Russia is an “internal affair”

China’s foreign ministry said on Sunday it supported Russia’s efforts to “safeguard the stability” of the country, the first reaction since the mutiny by the Wagner paramilitary group that rattled the Kremlin.

“As a neighbor, friend and strategic partner, China supports Russia in its efforts to safeguard stability, achieve growth and prosperity,” Beijing wrote in a press release.

What’s happening in Russia is an “internal affair”, insists Chinese diplomacy.

The armed rebellion of the Wagner military group in Russia ended as suddenly as it had begun.

After a day’s advance towards Moscow, the columns of Russian mercenaries were halted and turned back by Yevgeny Prigozhin, at the end of intense negotiations with Belarusian leader Lukashenko.

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Unexpectedly, the conditions were not favorable for the Wagner group: Prigozhin was to be exiled in Belarus, while mercenaries who did not participate in the rebellion could sign contracts with the Russian Ministry of Defense. Those who are abandoned… are forgiven.

In addition, it seems that Prigozhin did not even achieve one of the main goals of his operation, the removal of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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