The German intelligence service listened as Yevgeny Prigozhin negotiated with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, to stop the Wagner Group’s march on Moscow, according to German media. reports.
A joint investigation of the German public broadcasting media NDR and WDR claims the country’s intelligence service (BND) knew more about Wagner’s discussions than it first did reportedincluding the role of go-between for Lukashenko, who negotiated the end of the attempt lifting.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the BND “did not know in advance” about the uprising in a television interview last week. The new report casts doubt on Scholz’s statement.
According to media reports, the BND received information about a possible uprising in Russia led by Chief Wagner a week before it occurred, but they did not inform the chancellor’s office because they could not verify the information.