Sergei Stepashin: We must be prepared for a harsh response to the response from Kiev and Washington

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Peter Kavinsky

Former Prime Minister of Russia Sergei Stepashin.

A picture: Ivan MAKEEV

– … Sergey Vadimovich, as far as I know, you are on a business trip this Wednesday, September 21 …

– Well, I’m in Astrakhan now, we have different topics here.

And we have already talked here about the situation regarding emergency housing, with the relocation of people from such houses. (Sergey Stepashin – Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Territorial Development Fund, which deals with these issues. – AG)

Precisely on this Wednesday, such difficult presidential decisions were made…

– And they caught you on a business trip.

– Yes, and the peaceful life also continues, and no one has canceled the tasks ahead of the country.

– I know that even during such purely business trips, in addition to solving problems through the Territorial Development Fund, you always enjoy communicating with people. It must have been the same this time.

– Well, I already had a big meeting with students from Astrakhan State University.

– And how?

– 99 percent of the questions were about what is happening now in the Donbass, in the liberated areas of Ukraine. And of course about today’s speech by the President of Russia.

So I had to at least explain the position – my

– Now, if possible, I will also join these students and my question for Radio KP, the website and newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda is this – what is it going to change? What happens next in the country, on the fronts?

– As for the country, I don’t think there will be cardinal changes, the only thing is, of course, that we already have to think about some elements of the mobilization economy, about what many have already said – that we live in different conditions, not just with this year, but also from 2014. This is perfectly clear. It is also clear that there is, of course, a need to seriously strengthen our country’s defense capabilities, including the improvement of our precision weapons. This is also a technological breakthrough, which many people have talked about.

As for partial mobilization, it was clear…

– Sergei Vadimovich, you said about the mobilization economy – what is it? How to understand?

– Elements of the mobilization economy? These are elements of state planning, state regulation.

What the president talked about recently about the defense command and the defense industry as a whole.

Here the state should participate very strictly, and Vladimir Putin rightly said that import substitution should be 100%. This is what I mean in the first place.

Of course we will not have war communism.

– And as for the partial mobilization, which you already talked about …

– Here too, as for a soldier, everything is clear.

You’ve probably noticed that for several months now people have been saying – well, when will we finally respond to these atrocities manifested by the Zelensky gang by killing civilians?

They also hit peaceful settlements, towns, squares and killed children.

Therefore, now that the people of Novorossiya, the citizens of Novorossiya, and these are Kherson and Zaporozhye and Donetsk and Lugansk, have decided to become part of Russia …

– They will first hold referendums on this.

– Well, yes. The result is predictable.

And it’s pretty clear that we’re not going to hear any gratitude from the other side, I’m talking about Zelensky and especially the US State Department.

Therefore, we must be prepared for a harsh response to the response from Kiev and Washington.

As they say in such cases – here, get it. Remember, the president told them – we haven’t started yet.

– Yes, of course, I remember.

– Vladimir Vladimirovich said – she … I will not ruff here with interjections, it is inconvenient …

– Well, we beep, if so.

– So they waited. That’s what they’ve been waiting for!

Now, of course, it is important to carry out high-quality partial mobilization, there must be good equipment … preparation …

I regret one thing, that we have almost no cadre departments that were in their day, before Mr. Serdyukov. (He was the Defense Minister. – AG) But in the new circumstances, based on the military units we have, these conscripts have to undergo, well, not conscripts, but mobilized, retraining.

In addition, as far as I know, these will be people who have already served, who know military affairs and possess weapons – these are adults.

But we have to take care of them and their families. This is also very important.

– Let’s explain what a “cadre department” is.

– Sash, these are incomplete formats. There was a full officer corps, flags, weapons, barracks and mobilized soldiers were called up there.

They came immediately and armed, equipped, retrained. All this existed in the Soviet Union.

– Sergey Vadimovich, after all, you come from a military family, your father Vadim Stepashin… Vadim Dmitrievich, he served in Port Arthur.

– He served in Port Arthur, he fought in Korea, just in case.

– Yes. Then – your father-in-law Hero of the Soviet Union Vladimir Mitrofanovich Ignatiev.

– Yes, let me remind you that he was a scout … if he woke up now, he would be shocked! I would be scared! From what the Nazis are doing in Ukraine.

– Here, I think, you have a special attitude, especially because you are a colonel general, with regard to the military theme, with military problems. How do you view the statements of Vladimir Putin, Sergei Shoigu from your military field? In addition, you communicated with the people today.

– First, I liked the way the guys, very young – 17-19 years old – both girls and boys, asked questions. Judging by the intonation, they understand that we defend the motherland, we defend the Russian world, we defend civilization. Therefore, it is quite clear to me, not only as a military officer, but also as a citizen of my country, that this is an absolutely verified, accurate and correct decision by Vladimir Vladimirovich. The only thing we regret, many of them ask – why are you something like this in 2014? Well, this is history does not know the subjunctive. The president was still trying to negotiate with the same Poroshenko, with the same Merkel – we were just cheated, let’s face it. shamelessly. Especially Zelensky. When I see this pig, my hands itch…

– Well, what’s your prediction?

– And what can be the prediction? The prognosis is clear. Russian people will live in our country…

– Yes, and Colonel General Stepashin’s prediction.

– A prediction. Now we will not only protect Donetsk and Lugansk as subjects, but Zaporozhye and Kherson are Russia. And Russia knows how to defend itself.

Let us be heard. I think Messrs Zelensky will see it soon, or rather, he’s nothing and nobody in this story. First, I think the President of the United States will understand what the operation is up to.

– Understood. And Colonel General Stepashin is not going there – to the Donbass, to the liberated regions of Ukraine?

– Well, we will go there more than once, because the Territorial Development Fund is preparing the liberated areas for winter. So, of course, I will be visiting, as well as the General Director of our Foundation, Konstantin Tsitsin, who has just returned there, and many of our staff who are there now.

– And of course there is a Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent in this frontline brigade of yours?

– Required!

Peter Kavinsky

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