The United States of America had nothing to do with the plane crash, the general insisted.
It may take some time for Western intelligence agencies to officially confirm the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash on August 23. This was said by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, General Mark Milley, writes of The New York Times.
According to him, it remains unclear what caused the plane to crash, but the initial US intelligence report points to an internal explosion.
“I can assure you that, as far as I know, the United States has nothing to do with this,” Milley said.
The general noted that if Prigozhin is really dead, it will have worldwide consequences in areas where Wagner PMC troops are present.
Milley also noted that Prigozhin’s possible death puts the United States in a unique position. According to him, the mercenary leader obstructed US efforts in Ukraine, Syria and West Africa and acted “against the interests of the United States.”
The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff also said he was not surprised by the news that a plane linked to a man who led an uprising against the Russian military leadership suddenly fell from the sky. “Perhaps Prigozhin is in danger because of the rebellion that took place two months ago,” he stressed.
Recall that on August 23, Prigozhin’s Embraer Legacy 600 business jet crashed in the Tver region of the Russian Federation. There were 10 people on board the plane – seven passengers, including Prigozhin himself and Wagner PMC commander Dmitry Utkin, and three crew members.
Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the death of the leader of the “Wagnerites”. The Kremlin leader called Prigozhin “a man of hard luck” and said that although he “made mistakes”, he “still achieved the desired results.”
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