Boy, I get previous. I used to be invited to do an interview on Sputnik Information and was instructed the host is Dmitri Simes. I used to be anticipating the person pictured above. Nope. Think about my shock when the younger man within the video begins asking questions — I used to be being interviewed by Dmitri Simes Jr. Twenty-one years in the past Dmitri’s father, Dmitri Simes Sr., hosted me, Pat Lang, Ambassador Joe Wilson, Charles Krauthammer, former CIA Director James R. Schlesinger and some different consultants on the Nixon Middle in Washington, DC in December 2002 to debate the approaching U.S. invasion of Iraq. I participated as a speaker and panelist at a number of occasions on the Nixon Middle throughout Dmitri Sr.’s tenure there. Dmitri Sr. is an effective man who was unfairly and wrongfully accused of being a part of a Russia plot to intervene within the 2016 Presidential election.
Discuss irony –the U.S. Division of Justice in 2016 handled Dmitri Sr. identical to the Soviets within the Seventies, who considered him as an enemy of the state. He got here to America looking for a honorable political and judicial system and, forty years later, was a goal of political persecution by a corrupt Division of Justice. Dmitri Sr. is now again in Russia and having fun with extra freedom and dignity then he skilled in america. Anyway, his son is now working for Sputnik and is performing some advantageous work.
And here’s a fast replace on the Wagner Group, courtesy of the Russian Ministry of Protection:
Russian Armed Forces accomplished receiving weapons and navy gear from items of Wagner Group in accordance with the plan
◽️ Greater than 2,000 gadgets of kit and armaments have been handed over. (https://t.me/mod_russia_en/8375) This consists of a whole bunch of items of heavy weapons: T-90, T-80, T-72B3 tanks, Grad and Uragan multiple-launch rocket programs, Pantsir surface-to-air missile programs, 2S1 Gvozdika 122 mm self-propelled artillery programs, 2S3 Akatsiya 152 mm, 2S5 Giatsint 152 mm, 2S4 Tulpan 240 mm, howitzers and anti-tank weapons, mortar programs, multipurpose armoured tractors, armoured personnel carriers, in addition to motor autos and small arms.
◽️ Among the many transferred gear, dozens of items have by no means been utilized in fight circumstances.
◽️ Greater than two and a half thousand tonnes of ammunition and about 20,000 small arms have additionally been acquired.
◽️ Heavy tracked gear, high-power self-propelled artillery items and tanks are being transported to subject bases by wheeled tractors on trawls so as to stop injury to paved roads. Wheeled autos arrive on their very own.
◽️ All gear and armaments are transported to rear areas, the place restore and restoration items of the Russian Armed Forces perform upkeep and put together them to be used for his or her meant objective.
Seems just like the experiences that the Wagner commanders and their troops had been balking at integrating into the Russian Military weren’t true.