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Exclusive: Trump says aborted mutiny ‘somewhat weakened’ Putin

Exclusive: Trump says aborted mutiny ‘somewhat weakened’ Putin

FORMER U.S. President Donald Trump, a longtime admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Putin has been "somewhat weakened" by an aborted mutiny and that now is the time for the United States to try to broker a negotiated peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine. "I want people to stop dying over this ridiculous war," Trump told Reuters in a telephone interview. Speaking expansively about foreign policy, the front-runner in opinion polls for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination also said China should be given a 48-hour deadline to get out of what sources familiar with the matter say is a Chinese…
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Russian mercenary leader says he did not aim to overthrow government

Russian mercenary leader says he did not aim to overthrow government

THE boss of Russia's Wagner mercenary group broke his silence, two days after leading an aborted mutiny, saying he had never intended to overthrow the government while giving few clues about his own fate or the deal under which he stood down. In the first public remarks released since he was last seen on Saturday night smiling and high-fiving bystanders from the back of an SUV as he withdrew from a city occupied by his men, Yevgeny Prigozhin said his fighters had halted their campaign to avert bloodshed. "We went as a demonstration of protest, not to overthrow the government…
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