NATO COMMANDER VISITS RUSSIAN AIRBORNE UNIT.
Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 18
U.S. General George Joulwan, supreme allied commander in Europe, yesterday visited Russia’s 199th airborne regiment in the city of Naro-Fominsk. Hosted by the commander of Russian airborne forces Col. General Yevgeny Podkolzin, Joulwan observed a full program of exercises. A day earlier, Joulwan had described Russian forces taking part in the Bosnian peacekeeping operation as "well-trained, well-equipped, well-led, and well-motivated." (9) Yet the problems that face even Russia’s elite military units were revealed when the commander of the 199th regiment told Russian television that the activities arranged for Joulwan had been made possible by funding from municipal authorities. His unit, he said, lacked money to pay its officers or even to buy ammunition. (10)
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