Russia’s handling of recent security challenges demonstrates its military capabilities are in no state to cope with invasion and sustained warfare, despite the Kremlin’s huge spending on upgrading its forces. This reflects poorly on the outcome of the military reform designed to create modern ‘permanent readiness’ units. Russia may be a force to be reckoned with against Ukraine, but as a military threat to Nato, it is no match – making the use of nuclear as a deterrent increasingly likely.

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin doubled the number of troops taking part in snap military drills across Russia to 80,000. The drills included 10,000 armoured vehicles, 65 warships, 16 logistics ves...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The poor quality of Russian avionics, radars and GPS guidance for precision weapons prevents the air force from playing a decisive role. Russian tanks are antiquated and poorly armed. And Russian soldiers do not have the arms, communications and protective gear that modern armies do. The main question is what will be the case 10 years down the road?
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