The head of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that his mercenaries were turning around and returning to field camps.
“Now the moment has come when blood can be shed, therefore, realizing all the responsibility for the fact that Russian blood will be shed on one of the sides, we deploy our columns. And we leave in the opposite direction to the field camps according to the plan, ”said Prigozhin.
Earlier, the press service of Alexander Lukashenko spread a message that he had been negotiating with Prigozhin all day, and the latter agreed to stop his "march of justice" to Moscow.
“This morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin briefed his Belarusian counterpart on the situation in southern Russia with the private military company Wagner. The heads of state agreed on joint actions. As a follow-up to the agreements, the President of Belarus, having additionally specified the situation through his own channels, and in agreement with the President of Russia, held talks with the head of PMC Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin. Negotiations continued throughout the day. As a result, they came to agreements on the inadmissibility of unleashing a bloody massacre on the territory of Russia. Yevgeny Prigozhin accepted the proposal of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to stop the movement of armed persons of the Wagner company on the territory of Russia and take further steps to de-escalate tensions.
At the moment, an absolutely profitable and acceptable option for solving the situation is on the table, with security guarantees for the Wagner PMC fighters. As previously reported, also during today, the President of Belarus held two meetings with the power bloc of the country on this situation.”