Sayres and Associates CEO Interviewed on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Feb. 3, 2022, 9 a.m.

Following the onset of Russia’s large-scale invasion into Ukraine, Joel Willett, CEO of Sayres provided key commentary to several prominent media outlets U.S. and Russian intelligence operations.

Prior to his time at Sayres, Joel served for four years in the U.S. Army and five years at the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in the White House Situation Room during Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. Joel has lived and worked in Russia and the Baltics and speaks Russian.

BBC Interview

BBC World News

“Ultimately, I am not surprised about what Vladimir Putin has just done. This is motivated by Putin’s fear of meeting a violent end [to his rule]. What he fears is not the grievances that he is airing from the 90s. He fears the color revolutions that have happened in places like Georgia and Ukraine.”

“NATO forces could have been a strong deterrent”, said Willett. “If those forces had been in Ukraine four months ago, Vladimir Putin would not be acting in the way he is now.”

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Interview with Global News Radio in Toronto

Global News Radio in Toronto

“The oligarchy must suffer pain financially from this. The yachts docked in Portugal and Spain should be confiscated. The visas need to be canceled. The education programs for the children of Putin’s enablers in the West need to be canceled…But sanctions alone will not change Putin’s behavior in the short term.”

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Interview with Cheddar News

Cheddar News

“Democracies everywhere in the West have to be united in this response. Russia will push as far as it can until they receive forceful pushback.”

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