NATO’s new SACEUR issues Russia warning

NATO’s new military commander warned on 28 July that Russia’s increasing military transformation meant NATO nations need to modernise and invest in defence.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, General Mike Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), described Russia’s military as impressive. He said Moscow had managed to overcome problems and seriously strengthen its military in just a few years.

Russia’s new military doctrine, he said, contained far greater flexibility than original Soviet doctrine. Meanwhile Russia’s military had adapted to new conditions, had been reorganised, and had a far greater proportion of professional personnel than in the past.

He also drew attention to Russia’s replacement and modernisation of its land-based ballistic missiles, submarines and strategic bombers.

Full article: NATO’s new SACEUR issues Russia warning (IHS Jane’s 360)

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