Russian mercenary group Wagner's leader Evgeny Prigozhin's private jet crashed in Russia on August 23. Prigozhin's A Team was also on board the aircraft. All those on board lost their lives in the crash. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made statements after the sensational death of Prigozhin, Ihlas News agency reported.
"I didn't guarantee Prigozhin's safety. I shouldn't be the one responsible for Prigozhin's safety. That's the first thing. The second thing is that it shouldn't even be discussed," Lukashenko said.
"There is no harm in Wagner soldiers staying in Belarus," Belarussian President said.
"Wagner has lived, lives, and will live in Belarus. The center of the group remains here. As long as we need this group, they will live and work with us,” he added.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that 10 people died on Wednesday when a private jet crashed in the Tver region of the country. Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) announced that Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin was among those killed in the crash.
Some Telegram channels known to be close to Wagner claimed that the plane was shot down by the defense systems of the Russian army.
On 23 June, Prigozhin accused the Russian army of attacking Wagner and threatened to retaliate, leaving Ukraine with his fighters and entering the border region of Rostov. In response, the Federal Security Service (FSB) opened a criminal case on charges of "armed rebellion".
Russian President Vladimir Putin had described Wagner's rebellion as "treason". Prigojin announced that they would go to Moscow, and the Kremlin administration increased security measures in many parts of the country.
Source: Ihlas News Agency