February 8 , 2018 – FRN –
RT editorial staff have received a letter from an American veteran, Steve Sola. The former soldier wanted to know if there was a way to help the family of the deceased Su-25 pilot. In the correspondence, he noted that he closely follows the Russian operation in Syria and supports it. Later, Sola gave RT an interview and confessed that he did not know if he would have had the courage to sacrifice his life for the sake of his comrades, as Filipov did.
I, as a former member of military aircraft crew, have read with great interest the materials about Major Filipov and I am very saddened by what happened. Maybe there is some kind of fund to raise money to support his family? I am sure that Russia’s Air Force will not leave them in trouble, but maybe we can help somehow?
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
A response followed soon after, with a request for an interview by RT.
Dear Mrs. Medvedeva (RT Producer, Anastasia Medvedeva) ,
Of course, I will gladly give an interview to RT.
As you know, I live in Sun City (northwest of Phoenix), Arizona. It is mostly retired civil servants and retired military personnel who live here. I receive social security benefits and substantial disability compensation paid to veterans of military service. I served as an artilleryman for two years, and then for six years in the Air Force of the National Guard of the United States.
The war in Vietnam, malaria, “Agent Orange” all had a detrimental effect on my psyche, which prevented me from being able to keep another job for a long period of time.
I am somewhat of a Russophile, I know a little about Russia and its history, but I know much more about this country than many Americans. In May 2015, I came to Moscow and watched the military parade – it was a magnificent sight. People I met were very friendly, and I really enjoyed talking with them. The police officers were also very kind to me when I got lost and turned to them for help. I would really like to visit Russia again, perhaps, to visit Crimea in the spring, but my health is not great and and I need to finish some business, before I make any travel plans.
It’s hard for me to explain this, but I often think of Russian military personnel sent to Syria, these brave men and women.
I have watched the events unfolding since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria. I support this mission. It, unlike American interventions, does not attempt regime change. Since the end of the Second World War, all wars involving America are based on lies, but you know that, of course.
I’m simply writing everything that comes to my mind right now. If you would like to interview me, let’s agree on a time, and for my part I will do everything in my power.