US President Joe Biden suggested Wagner Group Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin could be in danger after carrying out an attempted mutiny last month and briefly capturing a Russian military facility.
“If I were he, I’d be careful what I ate, Biden said at a press conference Thursday in Helsinki following a three-nation European trip. “I would keep an eye on my menu.”
The joke referred to high-profile incidents in which Russian security services used polonium and nerve agents to poison and kill President Vladimir Putin’s political adversaries.
According to Biden, world leaders at the NATO summit in Vilnius talked about not knowing Prigozhin’s current location and the ambiguity surrounding how the mutiny would affect Russian activities in Ukraine and the Wagner Group’s future.
After declaring that he was turning his mercenaries away from a march on Moscow, Prigozhin first relocated to Belarus. However, the Kremlin said that less than a week after the uprising on June 24, Putin met for three hours with the leader of the Wagner Group and other commanders.
However, Biden did mention that the US did not believe there was a higher probability that Putin would use nuclear weapons in the conflict.
“Not only has the West, but China and the rest of the world has said, ‘Don’t go there,’ Biden said.