The short-lived mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner mercenary boss, has weakened the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, costing him a loss of authority, and apparently pushing Russia into crisis, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday as quoted by Al Arabia.
According to the European External Action Service (EEAS), Borrell noted that they should all draw lessons from the brief insurrection in Russia, starting with the fact that Putin’s regime has been weakened by the war of aggression against Kyiv far more than many had thought.
He also pointed to the cracks within the regime despite the apparent strengthening of Putin’s grip on power since he launched the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, reminding that almost none of the forces actively opposed Prigozhin’s mutiny.
Borrell emphasized that the degree of the pathology of Putin’s Russia is well illustrated by the fact that a group of mercenaries funded by the state opened fire on the regular army of that same state, adding that Putin has been bitten by the monster he himself created.
According to the EU foreign policy chief, Putin has suffered a serious loss of authority by the Prigozhin’s mutiny despite the fact that this attempted coup ultimately failed, pointing out that it’ll have real consequences for the future.
He warns that it may now be expected that Putin’s regime will try to consolidate its power again and clamp down on anyone that dares to criticize the state, which is obviously in a profound crisis, or the military apparatus.
The EU top diplomat also highlighted the resounding impact Prigozhin’s mutiny had internationally with international politicians and analysts raising questions about Putin’s iron fist ruling.