Overall, the Russian military is powerful enough to conventionally deter all of its neighbors in the post-Soviet space. However, the Kremlin still has to rely on nuclear weapons to deter China and NATO.
Russia’s new state armament plan, which will run from 2018 to 2027, refocuses the Kremlin’s defense spending on its ground forces.
In the previous plan, which runs from 2011 to 2020, the Kremlin had focused heavily on reviving the Russian Navy. Given Moscow’s recent experiences in Ukraine and the fact that Russia is, at the end of the day, a Eurasian land power, the shift makes …read more
Source: The National Interest