26 February 2024

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Controversy Surrounding Prigozhin’s Death and Western Accusations

The Kremlin said on Friday that claims made by Western nations that it ordered the murder of Prigozhin were “complete lies.”

Sergei Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister of Russia, hit out at US President Joe Biden on Friday for saying that he wasn’t shocked Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, had died in an aircraft accident. Ryabkov deemed it “unacceptable” and claimed such statements “illustrated Washington’s disregard for diplomacy.”

Ryabkov said, according to Reuters citing the official TASS news agency, “…but it is still not for the US president, in my opinion, to talk about such tragic events of this kind.”

The Wagner group’s chief executive officer, Prigozhin, was on board the private jet that crashed on its route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, according to confirmation from the Russian civil aviation regulator Rosaviatsia on Wednesday. Although rescuers discovered ten victims, Prigozhin’s death has not yet been officially confirmed.

In response, Biden stated that he was “not surprised” by the claims.

“I have no concrete knowledge of what occurred, but I’m not shocked…Putin is largely responsible for everything that occurs in Russia, the US President told reporters.

Regarding Prigozhin’s potential danger, Biden and the CIA director

Williams Burns, the director of the CIA, and Biden discussed the threat Prigozhin would face for organising a mutiny to topple Russia’s military leadership a few days before. Insinuating that the Wagner chief may be in risk of passing away, Biden replied, “If I were him, I’d watch what I ate. I would be paying attention to my menu.

According to the CIA, Putin “usually considers that retribution is a dish best served cold… My food tester is someone I wouldn’t fire if I were Prigozhin.

Kremlin on the reported death of the Wagner chief

According to Reuters, the Kremlin declared on Friday that claims made by Western nations that it ordered the murder of Prigozhin were “absolute lies.” In a statement to the media, Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov stated, “An investigation into the airliner accident on Wednesday evening, in which President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Prigozhin and his accomplices were killed according to early information, is underway. Putin had not recently met Prigozhin.