Russian President Vladimir Putin says the CIA are trying to frame him for the assassination of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in an attempt to justify World War 3 with Russia.
According to the Russian leader, the killing of Prigozhin is a brazen attempt by the globalists to cause civil unrest in Russia and justify a CIA-led coup. This would inevitably lead to a military conflict between Russia and the West.
During a condolence speech this week, President Putin referred to the Wagner chief in the past tense, remembering him as a “talented” businessman who made “mistakes”- which was widely interpreted as confirmation that he perished in the plane.
Last June, CIA director David Petraeus conjured visions of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s assassination: “he should be very careful around open windows in his new surroundings”
Prigozhin was reportedly killed in a plane explosion/crash today pic.twitter.com/PW0m35oDrx
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 23, 2023
However, President Biden was unnaturally quick to blame Putin for Prigozhin’s death, saying he was “not surprised” as “there’s not much that happens in Russia that Putin’s not behind.”
Summit.news reports: A Thursday Pentagon briefing gave an official US assessment, with Pentagon spokesman Gen. Pat Ryder saying an intentional explosion brought down Prigozhin’s plane. Ryder called initial US reports of a surface-to-air missile “inaccurate” amid other reports saying it was a bomb detonated midair. The Pentagon assessed that Prigozhin was likely on board and was killed in the crash, but didn’t attempt to posit a precise cause.
Interestingly, Ryder also strongly suggested that Wagner mercenaries are no longer active in a significant way on the Ukraine battlefield:
Ryder recalled that after the rebellion of the Wagner Group two months ago in Russia, these forces were actually withdrawn from near Bakhmut and the battlefield in general.
“But for all intents and purposes their combat effectiveness has been diminished. And they are no longer a significant factor when it comes to the conflict inside Ukraine.”
Importantly, the Kremlin has on Friday rejected Biden’s allegation that Putin was behind it, with presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling attempts to incriminate Russian government leaders absolute lies.
“There is a lot of speculation around the plane crash and the tragic death of the passengers, including Yevgeny Prigozhin,” Peskov told reporters during a briefing. “Of course, in the West, this speculation is being presented from a certain angle. All of this is an absolute lie,” he added.
Meanwhile, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has said those Wagner fighters currently in Belarus can stay there, according to state-run BelTA, at a moment the fate of the organization is uncertain. Makeshift memorials have been seen at Wagner offices in Russian cities, including in St. Petersburg where the group’s large HQ building is located.