German Media: The Russian Army is Stronger than all EU armies combined

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November 2, 2015 – 

Russian.rt  – Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear – 

 “After a radical military reform, Russia has
shown the world the new capabilities of its army that raises “special
concern” of the U.S. military – writes the German media. According to
experts, the Russian army must have been a “stronger than all the armies
of the EU put together.”

“After the reforms, the
new capabilities of the Russian army alarmed the American military” – writes
Der Spiegel.

“Russia carries out
airstrikes in Syria, flies strategic bombers, once every few weeks while
conducting a surprise inspection of combat readiness and the U.S. are now
“sounding the alarm” – quotes RIA Novosti.

According to the
commander of U.S. forces in Europe, General Ben Hodges the Russian systems that
allow to block access of a technologically superior enemy to strategically
important objects are of particular concern.  
Among them, in particular, are air defense systems and anti-ship
missiles. Hodges noted that in case of a conflict Russia can create areas that
are closed for NATO forces — for example, the Russian “Bastion”
missiles are able to sink the ships of the Alliance shortly after the passage of
the Bosphorus strait.

In recent years,
Russia has radically modernized its armed forces — it was the most radical
military reform since the late nineteenth century, said the expert of the
Center for analysis of strategies and technologies (CAST) Vasily Kashin. By
2020 land forces of the Russian army are planned to be upgraded by 70%, and at
the moment this rate is about 30%.

According to Kashin,
the Russian army is “probably stronger than all the armies of the EU put
together.” However, he notes, it is still difficult for Russia to compete
with USA, so it also pays special attention to nuclear deterrence forces,
modernization which is going fast.

In addition, the
German newspaper mentions well-armed and highly mobile air defense units and the
special operations forces and their equipment “is approaching the NATO
standards”.

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