Biden: West’s Involvement Absent in Russian Rebellion


Members of the Wagner Group military company load their tank onto a truck on a street in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2023, prior to leaving an area at the headquarters of the Southern Military District. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Yevgeny Prigozhin's troops who joined him in the uprising will not face prosecution and those who did not will be offered contracts by the Defense Ministry. After the deal was reached Saturday, Prigozhin ordered his troops to halt their march on Moscow and retreat to field camps in Ukraine, where they have been fighting alongside Russian troops. (AP Photo)
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President Biden says the U.S. and its allies played no role in the recent mercenary rebellion in Russia.

“We gave Putin no excuse to blame this on the West or to blame this on NATO,” President Biden said while speaking from the White House.

The president called it a struggle within the Russian system. He said officials would continue to assess the situation, but it was too early to reach any conclusions about what was taking place.

The head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, launched an armed rebellion against Russia over the weekend, directing his army to retreat from the front lines of Ukraine and march toward Moscow.

Prigozhin reversed course, however, striking a deal to take his soldiers to Belarus, which said it would grant them amnesty.

Biden said whatever the outcome in Russia, the U.S. and its allies will remain aligned.

“No matter what comes next, I will keep making sure that our allies and our partners are closely aligned in how we are reading and responding to the situation.”

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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