US President Joe Biden suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be behind the plane crash, with Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin among the passengers.
He said this, in his comments to CNN, European Pravda writes.
The US leader said there is “not much that happens in Russia that Putin’s not behind”, but clarified that he does not know enough to have the answer.
Biden also recalled his own remarks made a month ago, saying that if he were Prigozhin he would be more careful about what to eat and what to drive.
The US president also said in a brief conversation with journalists on Wednesday that he did not yet have enough information about the situation with Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.
Recall, on Wednesday evening, the Russian media and Rosaviatsia reported that a plane crashed in Russia, with Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin among the passengers. All 10 people who were on board were reportedly killed, including Prigozhin’s deputy, Dmitry Utkin with the call sign ‘Wagner’.
Yevgeny Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch known as the owner of the Concord group of companies. The companies are known for winning tenders to provide catering for Russian state and military structures, which earned Prigozhin the informal nickname ‘Putin’s Chef’. Concorde financed the activities of the Internet Research Agency.
Prigozhin is also considered to be the manager and financier of the Wagner PMC, which was and still is conducting dangerous and destabilising operations in foreign countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Mozambique. The facts of the Wagnerites’ participation in Russia’s current full-scale war in Ukraine are also known.
In June of this year, the Wagner group carried out an ill-fated mutiny attempt, following which Prigozhin was allegedly in Belarus by agreement with the self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. But the head of the Wagnerites was spotted more than once after that in Russia and even in Africa.