Putin administration says mobilization order ‘remains in effect,’ contradicting past statements
At a press briefing on Friday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded evasively when asked about a statement from the Putin administration uncovered by journalists this week that said Russia’s mobilization order is still in force.
Local media in Russia’s Pskov region reported Tuesday that after a regional lawmaker requested for Vladimir Putin to issue a decree ending mobilization, the president’s administration sent him an official response that said the mobilization order signed in September “remains in effect.”
When asked about that response on Friday, Peskov called the phrase a “special legal feature” and said he would “have to check,” but encouraged Russians to “look to President Putin’s statement” for an understanding of the situation.
Russian leaders have repeatedly insisted in recent months that the country’s mobilization campaign is over and that a “demobilization” decree from Putin is unnecessary.