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WAGNER WATCH logo black HSP 28052023 01Introducing WagnerWatch

WagnerWatch is a project of the U K Defence Forum which launched on 1st June 2023.

It brings together experienced observers (see explainer signatories), and builds upon works published at since early 2021 (see footnote)

It republishes relevant pieces of information about the Wagner Group on its group at and welcomes contacts from others (particularly if they have access to non-mainstream, non-English publications. In which case please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

What is the Wagner Group?

An explainer is on page 2


A letter from Peter Ruddock, CEO, Lockheed Martin UK, which puts current costs on the record is reproduced on the next page.


Saudi Arabia and Egypt want to buy the Mistral vessels which France originally agreed to sell to Russia. Stratfor sources in the region have largely confirmed French media reports, indicating that there is at least a preliminary interest in acquiring the vessels. Despite the considerable obstacles that Riyadh and Cairo would have to surmount before they could effectively utilise Mistral-class ships, the vessels could eventually offer these Arab countries increased capability to respond to varying threats in the region. Analysis on next page.


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