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MOSCOW – The Kremlin asked on Wednesday about US media reports suggesting the Russian commander-in-chief had prior knowledge of last Saturday’s incident. The mercenary rebellion was stopped, He said there would be “a lot of speculation” in the aftermath of the incident.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov quoted a US official as saying that the deputy commander of Russian military operations in Ukraine, General Sergei Slovikhin, had prior knowledge of the planned uprising, according to The New York Times. Responded to press questions.

“There will be a lot of speculation and gossip about these events going forward. I think this is one example,” Peskov said.

General Slovikhin has not been seen in public since calling for an end to the rebellion on Saturday, but he has been repeatedly praised by Wagner’s mercenary commander Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led the short-lived rebellion.

Citing a U.S. official who was briefed by U.S. intelligence on the matter, the newspaper said the official said that “the former commander-in-chief of the Russian military in Ukraine, General Sergei Slovikhin, was in agreement with Prigozhin’s action plan last weekend. We are trying to find out if they cooperated.”Reuters Kremlin’s Mr Peskov said there was a lot of gossip when asked if the commander-in-chief knew of the mutiny beforehand

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