In a significant address, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the country’s latest developments, drawing attention to several key statements:
Putin celebrated the deep unity demonstrated by society and affirmed their commitment to upholding the constitution and established order. He further stressed that a coup would have been defeated under all circumstances, reinforcing his government’s determination.
The president harshly criticized coup organizers, accusing them of betraying the nation and the people, stating their actions could have led to societal division. “The instigators of the coup sought to divide our society,” Putin said.
Drawing comparisons with historic hostilities, Putin remarked, “The shedding of fraternal blood is what the Nazis in Kiev desired, to derail Russia from its path.”
He praised the security agencies and the police for standing with the society. Also, the fallen pilots were lauded for their service in protecting Russian interests. “The security forces and police stood firmly by the society’s side,” Putin acknowledged, “and the pilots who made the ultimate sacrifice protected Russia’s interests.”
The president also addressed the controversial Wagner Group. “Wagner fighters were also patriots, liberating homeland territories,” he said. He suggested that most Wagner fighters had been misled, showing sympathy towards their situation.
Expressing gratitude, Putin thanked Wagner fighters and their leaders for deciding against further bloodshed. He stated that they now have the opportunity to negotiate with the Ministry of Defense.
Putin called on Wagner fighters to contract with the Ministry of Defense or to return to their homes or depart to Belarus. The president assured that his commitment to the Wagner fighters will be fulfilled.