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After Prigozhin's death, Wagner PMC will continue to destabilise countries bordering Belarus – Morawiecki

24 August, 2023 Thursday
20:54

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes that after the alleged death of Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner's members will continue to destabilise the countries bordering Belarus

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Morawiecki's words were reported by Rzeczpospolita.

The Polish Prime Minister said that after Prigozhin's death, the Wagner PMC could become even more dangerous, as control over the Wagner soldiers is likely to be transferred to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Now let everyone answer the question: is the Wagner PMC that exists in Belarus today a greater or lesser threat. For me, this is a rhetorical question," the prime minister commented.

According to him, from now on, the Wagner PMC will be "an instrument of provocation, blackmail, attack, all sorts of jerks as part of the disruption of security policy and destabilisation of the countries bordering Belarus".

What we know about the plane crash with Prigozhin

On August 23, an Embraer business jet belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed in the Tver region of Russia, killing 10 people. The Wagner PMC financier was among the passengers.

Journalist Vitaly Portnikov is convinced that Prigozhin's liquidation is Putin's revenge for the destroyed planes and helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces.

The Center of National Resistance reported that Wagner PMC mercenaries are trying to leave the camps in Belarus and go to Russia amid reports of the death of their leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash.

Russian oppositionist Ilya Ponomarev believes that without their commanders, the Wagner fighters are unable to organize a second rebellion against Putin.

The Institute for the Study of War has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably ordered the assassination of Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in order to reassert his dominance and avenge his humiliation. 

According to one version of the Russian media, an explosive device was planted in the landing gear of the plane carrying Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, which detonated at the right time, tearing off the wing and stabiliser.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that Ukraine was not involved in the downing of Prigozhin's plane and joked that it was "not the kind of help with the aircraft that Ukraine asked for".

Paul Ronzheimer, deputy editor-in-chief of the German newspaper Bild, believes that Prigozhin was undermining the situation in Russia, so his death is a stabilising factor for Putin and thus not good news for Ukraine.


 
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