The Kremlin (Russia) on Friday (November 3) rejected the report of Wagner’s plan to provide air defense systems to the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The Wall Street Journal has claimed in one of its reports that the US intelligence agency believes that Russia’s Wagner Group is planning to provide air defense systems to the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah.
The Kremlin rejected the Wall Street Journal report, saying such things were baseless.
“We have already said that no such group (Wagner) exists,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked about the Wall Street report. Along with this, Dmitry Peskov was asked, citing unnamed American officials, whether American intelligence believes that Wagner is planning such a transfer.
Americans can tell our army- Dmitry Peskov
Asked about the report, Dmitry Peskov said, “All this talk is baseless and has no basis. There are emergency channels for communication between the Russian and US militaries, and if there are genuine concerns about a problem, the Americans can tell our military.”
Wagner planned to give the S1 system to Hezbollah- America
The Wall Street Journal reported that Wagner planned to supply the Pantsir-S1 system to Hezbollah. NATO calls this system SA-22. The system uses anti-aircraft missiles and air defense guns to intercept aircraft.
Russian government gives money to the Wagner Group
Let us tell you that Wagner Group is funded by the Government of Russia. It is also a private military group of Russia. In June this year, its former leader Yevgeny Prigozhin rebelled against Russia, after which it again came under the control of the Kremlin.
Putin and Wagner Group commander seen meeting
At the same time, Putin and the Kremlin have been repeatedly saying that Wagner Group does not have legal recognition. However, in late September Putin was shown meeting with one of the most senior former commanders of the Wagner Group.
US officials are monitoring
News agency Reuters quoted the Journal as saying that an unnamed US official said that Washington has not confirmed that the air defense system was sent, but US officials are monitoring discussions involving Wagner and Hezbollah.
The Wall Street Journal said the Pantsir-S1 system would be delivered to Hezbollah through Syria, where Russia entered the civil war in 2015 to support President Bashar al-Assad.
If this American intelligence report turns out to be true then it could create problems for Israel and Russia could be behind it.