PM Modi, Putin Discuss Wagner Mutiny, Ukraine Situation Over Telephone Call

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday during which the attempted mutiny by the Wagner paramilitary group was discussed apart from the situation in Ukraine, Reuters reported.

During the call, the Russian President told Modi how Moscow resolved the armed mercenary mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a former close aide of Vladimir Putin and founder of the Wagner group, Reuters reported.

“In connection with the events of June 24 in Russia, Narendra Modi expressed understanding and support for the decisive actions of the Russian leadership to protect law and order, ensure stability in the country and the security of its citizens,” the Kremlin said in a statement, referring to the Wagner mutiny.

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While discussing the situation in Ukraine, PM Modi reiterated his call for dialogue and diplomacy, the MEA said in a statement.

The leaders reviewed progress in bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. 

“Both leaders agreed to remain in touch and continue to make efforts to further strengthen Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries,” the MEA said.

The talks come days after PM Modi, during his visit to the US, said the war in Ukraine involves major powers and the consequences are severe.

In a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden at the White House, PM Modi had reiterated that India was ready to contribute in any manner to restore peace.

Earlier this week, the NSAs of India and Russia spoke to each other over the potential coup attempt by the Wagner group last week.

On Wednesday, Russian National Security Adviser (NSA) Nikolay Patrushev “apprised” Ajit Doval of what exactly happened last Friday and how Russia ultimately managed to douse the situation, sources told ABP Live.

Last week, Prigozhin, who has now run away to Belarus, attempted to take over Moscow by launching an attack on the Russia government and the military by his group of mercenaries but failed. Putin called the move as an act of “treason”.