Putin meets former Wagner commander Andrei Troshev

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Natia Seskuria of Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank, told the BBC that the meeting and public praise from Mr Putin is an attempt to show "he is in charge of the situation and he controls Prigozhin's inner circle". "The fact that the Kremlin's spokesperson confirmed that Troshev works for the Russian Ministry of Defence demonstrates that we are in a post-Progozhin era where the MOD is taking a full control of the so-called special military operation in Ukraine," she said. The Kremlin "will still be relying on Wagner resources with greater caution", she added.