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(Reuters) – Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was listed as a passenger on a personal jet that crashed on Wednesday north of Moscow with no survivors, Russian authorities mentioned.

Reuters couldn’t instantly verify that he was on the plane. Following are reactions from leaders and officers world wide:

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

“I do not know for a reality what occurred. However I am not stunned… There’s not a lot that occurs in Russia that Putin isn’t behind, however I don’t know sufficient to know the reply.”

MYKHAILO PODOLYAK, UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER

“It’s apparent that Putin doesn’t forgive anybody for his personal bestial terror … The demonstrative elimination of Prigozhin and the Wagner command two months after the coup try is a sign from Putin to Russia’s elites forward of the 2024 elections. ‘Beware! Disloyalty equals loss of life’.”

OLIVIER VERAN, FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN

“We do not but know the circumstance wherein the crash occurred, (however) we will have cheap doubts”.

“Prigozhin leaves a horrible mess behind him in lots of components of the world (together with) Africa and Ukraine. He (Prigozhin) was the person doing Putin’s soiled work.”

“His actions have been inseparable from the insurance policies of Putin, who entrusted him with the duty of finishing up these abuses on the head of the Wagner group.”

ANNALENA BAERBOCK, GERMANY FOREIGN MINISTER

“We should worry that Russia, with or with out Wagner, will proceed with its cynical recreation not solely in Ukraine however above all in Africa. And we should not neglect that Prigozhin and Wagner are chargeable for horrendous crimes towards the Ukrainian folks and in a single nation after the following in Africa.”

KAJA KALLAS, ESTONIAN PRIME MINISTER

“If true, it exhibits (Russian President Vladimir) Putin will eradicate opponents and that scares anybody who’s considering of expressing opinions completely different than his.”

ZBIGNIEW RAU, POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER

“We might have nice bother naming anybody who would intuitively assume this was a coincidence. It so occurs that political opponents whom Vladimir Putin considers a menace to his energy don’t die naturally.”

DANIEL HOFFMAN, FORMER SENIOR CIA OPERATIONS OFFICER AND STATION CHIEF IN MOSCOW

“I don’t have any doubt that it was on Putin’s orders.” He mentioned he believed that Prigozhin was not arrested after his failed mutiny “to present him a type of false sense of safety, freedom of motion, so they might snipe him.”

“That is about regime safety for Vladimir Putin. You can’t enable a man you known as a traitor in late June, when he launched a mutiny, to stay. That’s simply not going to occur. And Prigozhin, whose formative expertise was as a hotdog salesman, most likely had an inflated opinion of his endurance.”

PAVEL LUZIN, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SPECIALIST, CENTER FOR EUROPEAN POLICY ANALYSIS

“Regardless of any presumptions whether or not or not Prigozhin was killed by Putin in response to his order or his aircraft was destroyed on account of an inter-agency conflict inside the Russian elite, this occasion demonstrates that the Russian elite isn’t united, that the contradictions inside the Kremlin are rising, that the coordination between completely different branches inside the Russian management is admittedly dangerous. Ultimately, if Vladimir Putin is so highly effective, why didn’t he arrest Prigozhin?”

(Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Modifying by Cynthia Osterman, Ingrid Melander and Bernadette Baum)

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