A few tens of minutes before the confirmation of the death of Wagner’s boss in a plane crash in Russia, US President Joe Biden said he was “not surprised”.
US President Joe Biden said he was “not surprised” by the possible death of Wagner boss Evgeny Prigojine in a plane crash on Wednesday in Russia. “I don’t quite know what happened yet, but I’m not surprised,” he told reporters.
“Few things happen in Russia without Putin having something to do with it,” added the American president from the mountains of the American West where he is with his family.
A few tens of minutes after this declaration, the Russian air transport agency Rossaviatsia confirmed that the boss of Wagner Evgueni Prigojine was on board the plane which crashed in the Tver region of Russia. Telegram channels linked to the Wagner Group also confirmed the death of the oligarch.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone”
“We’ve seen what’s been reported. If confirmed, it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone,” Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the US executive’s National Security Council, said earlier.
“The disastrous war in Ukraine led to a private army marching on Moscow and now, it would seem, to that,” she added.
A plane with ten people believed to be on board crashed in Russia on Wednesday without leaving any survivors, and the boss of the paramilitary group Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin is on the passenger list.
He was behind a rebellion in June against the Russian General Staff and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, led by his men, who briefly captured military sites in southern Russia before heading for Moscow. Vladimir Putin had called him a traitor, without saying his name.
Source: BFM TV