The Yuri Dolgoruky, one of Russia’s new Borei class nuclear submarines (photo: dpa)

Moscow’s military upgrade may force West to rethink strategy

Russia’s defence spending is set to rise by 25 per cent in 2015, reaching record levels. This re-equipment and upgrading of its hardware follows the reorganising of its military units into a rapid reaction force, seen to great effect in the seizure of Crimea. The West’s response will require some original thinking, not least about Nato’s common defence policy.

RUSSIA is flexing its military muscles, presenting Moscow’s biggest challenge to the West’s defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

The Russian air force is taking an increasingly aggressive stance. Long-range strategic bomber patrols are becoming more frequent, as ar...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Vladimir Putin developed a growing conviction that Russia must return to its prior status as a great power. And that called for breathing new life into what was by then Moscow’s decrepit military.
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