President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on Sunday sent a hug to his counterpart Vladimir Putin for “remaining victorious and with Russia at peace” after an attempted insurrection by the Wagner private military company (PMC).
“I send a hug of solidarity and support to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, who has known how to face an attempted betrayal, of civil war and is victorious at this time with Russia at peace,” he said.
Maduro made the remarks during the commemoration of the 202nd anniversary of the heroic Battle of Carabobo, which sealed the Independence of Venezuela on 24 June 1821, as well as the Day of the Bolivarian National Army.
Head of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, had accused Russian forces of attacking its fighters and the group subsequently crossed from Ukraine into the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on June 24.
In response, the Federal Security Service in Russia initiated a criminal case against Wagner of “armed insurrection.” President Putin labeled Wagner’s uprising as an act of treason.
Later on, Prigozhin announced that his fighters decided to turn back to “avoid bloodshed” when they were 200 kilometers away from the capital, Moscow, following negotiations with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
In his show of support, President Maduro alluded that there are many battles that still have to be fought for “the new world that is being born.”
“Venezuela is with you in brotherhood and true friendship!” he added.