NATO: Russian armed forces recovering
Russia's Armed Forces are recovering quickly from nearly two decades of decline, according to head of planning at NATO's operations division in Brussels, Diego Ruiz Palmer.
"Evidence has been growing since 2009 that the Russian Armed Forces are recovering quickly from nearly two decades of decline and neglect following the end of the Cold War. The scale of that recovery in 10 years is remarkable," the monograph says.
In addition, he believes that Russia is the only country in Europe to conduct no-noticem snap-alert exercises and to train its forces regulary for operations on a scale of 60,000-150,000 troops.
Palmer also noted that the engagement of Russian forces in the conflict in Syria has set a new baseline or the operational competence and logistical capasity of the Russian military.