Lukashenko speaks for first time since Wagner coup leader exiled to Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko has claimed Russia and Belarus are facing an “endurance test” as he speaks for the first time since the Wagner Group coup last Saturday. Addressing reporters and security officials, Europe’s so-called “last dictator” claimed he was “given all orders to bring the [Belarus] army to full combat readiness” when Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin initiated the takeover of the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and the South Military Command Centre within over the weekend.

Prigozhin is believed to be exiled in Belarus, though he is yet to be seen in the country, after Lukashenko reportedly brokered a deal between him and Putin.


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