February 19, 2019  |  Updated July 10, 2019

No, USAFE Commander Tod Wolters Did Not Thank Russians for Annexing Crimea

By Fatima Tlis

On February 2, the Russian news daily Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press) quoted the commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, General Tod Wolters, as thanking Russians for “taking Crimea,” the Ukrainian peninsula Russia annexed in 2014.

Svobodnaya Pressa was funded by Vadim Kumin, a State Duma deputy representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

The writers Sergey Shargunov and Zakhar Prilepin, both known for their pan-Slavic views and support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, lead the outlet.

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