Russia modernization military superiority

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On January 30, 2015, two senior Russian officials – Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – have mentioned that Russia will deny any foreign military superiority. Quoted by Sputnik International, Shoigu said that “the task set by the president of not allowing military superiority over Russia will obviously be completed”, while also adding that “in order to do this, the state program on arms is to be fully completed and by 2020 modern weapons and military equipment will be installed by 70 to 100 percent”[1]. Through the above mentioned state program on arms, “Russia promises to push through by 2020 a more than 20-trillion-rouble ($286.62 billion) military modernization plan conceived by Putin”[2].

Gerasimov, also quoted by Sputnik International, stated that “the Armed Forces’ priority is the quality improvement of the Strategic Nuclear Forces” and that “this attitude toward keeping the Strategic Nuclear Forces in the condition of high combat readiness in combination with the quality improvement of the combat potential of the regular troops will prevent the military superiority of the United States and NATO over Russia”[3]. Gerasimov also mentioned that the “Russian armed forces would receive more than 50 new intercontinental nuclear missiles this year”[4]. Additionally, the Russian chief of the armed forces said that “the American anti-missile defense system has a global character and the US and its allies are increasing the elements of this system in the Asia-Pacific region”, which is forcing Russia “to take responsive measures”[5].

The relationship between Russia and the West has reached its lowest point since the end of the Cold War, amid the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has prompted the E.U. and the U.S. to impose drastic sanctions against Moscow. Although confronted with an economic crisis, Russia doesn’t seem to be willing to abandon its expensive and ambitious military modernization plans (at least according to official propaganda). Regardless of what the propaganda says, one thing is clear: Moscow's military power can be an instrument through which Russia can defend and/or impose its national interests.

 

[1] “Russia to Ensure Defense of Country Without Arms Race Says Defense Ministry”, Sputnik International, January 30, 2015, accessed at the Internet address http://sputniknews.com/military/20150130/1017543472.html

[2] Thomas GROVE, “Russia says nuclear arms to keep military edge over NATO, United States”, Reuters, January 30, 2015, accessed at the Internet address http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/30/uk-russia-military-idUKKBN0L311O20150130

[3] “Russia to Keep Up With US, NATO Military Capability”, Sputnik International, January 30, 2015, accessed at the Internet address http://sputniknews.com/military/20150130/1017543198.html

[4] Thomas GROVE, op. cit.

[5] “Russia to Keep Up With US, NATO Military Capability”, Sputnik International, January 30, 2015, accessed at the Internet address http://sputniknews.com/military/20150130/1017543198.html

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