The DPRK authorities expressed their full support to the Russian leadership against the background of the rebellion of the Wagner PMC. The DPRK authorities expressed their full support to the Russian leadership against the rebellion of the Wagner PMC, reported the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) after the meeting between the Russian ambassador in Pyongyang, Aleksandr Matsegora, and North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Im Chung Il.
The North Korean diplomat “expressed firm confidence that the recent armed uprising in Russia will be successfully suppressed”, saying he would support any decision by Moscow. He added that “Russia’s steadfast army and people will certainly overcome the trials and difficulties encountered and win a heroic victory in a special military operation in Ukraine”, the agency reported. Pyongyang considers the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “proxy war” waged by the United States against Moscow.
Earlier, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, on behalf of the people and the government, strongly condemned the “irrational terrorist threat” from the Wagner and its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega also responded to the actions of the Wagner PMC, expressing support and solidarity with Vladimir Putin. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in his statement called the Russian people brotherly, and noted that the Cuban authorities are convinced that unity and constitutional order will prevail in Russia.
Putin was also supported by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In his country, similar events took place in 2016, when part of the Turkish military attempted a military coup, taking control of a number of strategically important facilities in Ankara, Istanbul, Konya, Marmaris, Malatya and Kars.
“The president of the Republic of Turkey expressed his full support for the steps taken by the Russian leadership”, the Kremlin said. The Turkish president’s office later clarified that Turkey was ready to contribute to resolving the situation in Russia.
Putin had his first international dialogue with Alexander Lukashenko after the start of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s “mercenary march of justice”. In the end, it was through Lukashenko’s mediation that the mutiny was stopped.
Later, the Russian president spoke with the head of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. He responded by stressing that what was happening was an internal Russian affair, but held an extraordinary meeting of the Security Council the next day.
“Despite the fact that what happened in Russia is its internal affair, the Kazakhs perceived with concern the situation in a friendly country with which Kazakhstan has the longest border in the world”, Tokayev’s administration noted. Additionally, Putin told Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev about the situation in Russia.