Ministros de Exteriores UE analizarán impacto de sublevación en Rusia / Wagner mutiny: how the world reacted

BRUSELAS.- Los ministros de Exteriores de la Unión Europea se reunirán este próximo lunes en Luxemburgo en un encuentro en el que empezarán analizando las consecuencias del intento de sublevación del líder del grupo Wagner, Yevgueni Prigozhin, contra la cúpula militar de Rusia.

Mientras tanto, el alto representante de la UE para Asuntos Exteriores, Josep Borrell, continuó este domingo coordinando la situación a nivel europeo a través del Centro de Respuesta de Crisis que activó ayer y que aún no se ha desmantelado, dijo a EFE la portavoz del Servicio Europeo de Acción Exterior, Nabila Massrali.

La UE ha mantenido en las últimas horas contactos a varios niveles, tanto entre los jefes de Estado y de Gobierno, como entre los líderes y los ministros de Exteriores del G7 para evaluar los hechos que se desencadenaron en Rusia.

Una de las decisiones más concretas ha sido la de los países bálticos, Finlandia y Polonia de reforzar su frontera oriental.

Los ministros también tendrán la ocasión mañana de evaluar con su homólogo ucraniano, Dmitro Kuleba, las consecuencias que el pulso que ha mantenido Prigozhin contra la élite rusa puede tener para el devenir de la guerra en Ucrania.

Se espera además que acuerden formalmente la ampliación de 3.500 millones de euros (en precios corrientes de 2018) del Fondo Europeo de Apoyo a la Paz (FEAP), a través del que están cofinanciando las armas que envían a Kiev.

También abordarán la reunión sobre el plan de paz del presidente ucraniano, Volodímir Zelenski, que tuvo lugar ayer en Copenhague entre asesores de seguridad nacional de países del G7, abierta también a Brasil, India o China.


La UE ha mantenido en las últimas horas contactos a varios niveles para evaluar los hechos que se desencadenaron en Rusia. EFE

Wagner mutiny: how the world reacted

Ukraine said Yevgeny Prigozhin’s uprising reflected Russia’s ‘full-scale weakness’ as western allies watched closely

As Vladimir Putin responded with ire and defiance to Yevgeny Prigozhin’s uprising, later halted by the Wagner chief to avoid “Russian bloodshed”, world leaders closely watched the biggest challenge yet to the Russian president’s decades-spanning rule.


President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said: “Russia’s weakness is obvious. Full-scale weakness. And the longer Russia keeps its troops and mercenaries on our land, the more chaos, pain and problems it will have for itself later.”

On the battlefield, his deputy defence minister Ganna Malyar called the mutiny a “window of opportunity”.


Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation in Russia, national security council spokesperson Adam Hodge said, adding that the US president “will be consulting with allies and partners on these developments”.


A spokesperson for Nato, Oana Lungescu, said the alliance was “monitoring the situation”.


The British prime minister, Rishi Sunak, called an emergency Cobra meeting and urged “all parties to be responsible and to protect civilians”.

“We’re in touch with our allies as the situation evolves. I’ll be speaking to some of them later today and the most important thing is for all parties to behave responsibly,” he said.

James Cleverly, the foreign secretary, said: “We are monitoring the situation carefully,” and urged British citizens to continue to follow FCDO travel advice.

In its daily intelligence update, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday: “Over the coming hours, the loyalty of Russia’s security forces, and especially the Russian national guard, will be key to how the crisis plays out. This represents the most significant challenge to the Russian state in recent times.”


Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, said he was “closely monitoring the situation in Russia as it unfolds” and in contact with European leaders and G7 partners. “This is clearly an internal Russian issue,” he said, adding that the council’s support for Ukraine and Zelenskiy is “unwavering”.

Josep Borrell Fontelles, the high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, said he had been on a call with G7 foreign ministers to “exchange views on the situation in Russia”.

He added: “Ahead of Monday’s EU foreign affairs council, I am coordinating inside the European Union and have activated the crisis response centre. Our support to Ukraine continues unabated.”


President Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with Putin by telephone on Saturday and urged him to act with common sense, the Turkish presidency said.

The Turkish presidency said: “It was stressed during the call that no one should take it upon themselves to take action in the face of the situation in Russia.”

Czech Republic

“I can see my summer holiday in Crimea is approaching,” said the foreign minister, Jan Lipavský.


Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who has met Putin since his invasion of Ukraine, said: “The operations of the Russian Federations are always of the utmost importance, because the Russian Federation has a great potential for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.”


The foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, said the government was “observing developments in Russia very closely” and was in “close contact” with international partners.


The Élysée said President Emmanuel Macron was “monitoring the situation closely”. “We remain focused on supporting Ukraine,” a spokesperson added.


President Andrzej Duda said he held consultations on Saturday morning with the prime minister, the ministry of national defence and with allies. “The course of events beyond our eastern border is monitored on an ongoing basis,” he added.


Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarus president, spoke to the Russian president on the phone on Saturday morning, according to the state-owned press service BelTA. He later announced a deal in which Yevgeny Prigozhin would travel to Belarus and call off his uprising in return for the dropping of a criminal investigation against him.


The office of Giorgia Meloni, the Italian prime minister, said the events “show how the aggression against Ukraine is causing instability also within Russia”.


Ludivine Dedonder, the Belgian defence minister, said the situation was “serious” and she was watching to see “what impact it has on the conflict”.


The new prime minister, Petteri Orpo, said he had spoken with the Estonian and Latvian prime ministers about Russia. “We agreed on close cooperation,” he added.

More from the original source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jun/24/wagner-mutiny-how-the-world-reacted