China Continues Support for Russia Following Wagner Group Mutiny

Despite the short-lived mutiny by the Wagner group of mercenaries posing a significant challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authority, China maintains its support for Russia. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko held discussions in Beijing to address international matters following the mutiny.

China initially stated that Rudenko exchanged views with Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Sino-Russian relations and international and regional issues of common concern. The Chinese foreign ministry later expressed support for Russia’s national stability, considering the recent tensions in Russia as its internal affairs.

The timing of Rudenko’s visit to China, a key ally of Russia, and whether it was in response to the rebellion led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner group, remains unclear.

During the mutiny, Chinese leaders remained notably silent. However, the state-controlled Global Times criticized the Western media for hyping up the “mutiny,” considering it an attempt to undermine Russian social unity and create an illusion of internal contradictions in Russia. Chinese citizens expressed support for Putin on social media platforms.

The Chinese Embassy in Russia reported that the situation around Moscow remained calm. Western leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, closely monitored the events.

Prigozhin justified his “march” on Moscow as an attempt to remove corrupt and incompetent commanders responsible for the failure in the war in Ukraine. The Wagner troops swiftly seized the military headquarters in Rostov-on-Don and continued their advance towards the capital with minimal resistance.

For a few tense hours, the Kremlin appeared powerless as the Wagner convoys broke through roadblocks and confronted military aircraft attempting to halt their progress.

Ultimately, Putin granted Prigozhin amnesty on the condition that he goes into exile in Belarus. The Kremlin presented the deal as a strategic move to avoid a potential bloodbath, but it marked a significant compromise for Putin, known for suppressing dissent and silencing critics.