A senior American military commander warned that modern Russian army “is much more capable than were the armed forces of the Soviet Union, despite the fact that the Soviet army was larger, reports Fox News.
Moscow regularly sends a message to Washington that Russia is a world power, said the head of the North American Aerospace Defense command (NORAD) Admiral Bill Gortni, reports Fox News.
Speaking at the Congress of the United States in March, Gortni said that heavy Russian bombers last year flew “beyond zone patrol” far more often than in any year since the end of the cold war. Last Tuesday, he confirmed that the number of such flights is increasing and they are all in new places is next to the Air Canada, off the coast of Alaska and in the English channel.
The Admiral also said that two Russian warships are in the immediate vicinity of the coast of the United States is close to Cuba and Venezuela.
According to Gortni, Russia intervened in military action in Ukraine and it is, from the point of view of the Admiral, demonstrates the application of Moscow’s new military doctrine.
Fox News cited statistics, according to which the SOVIET UNION in the mid-1980’s, had under arms more 5 million military personnel. Today less than a million in the Russian army soldiers and officers, as well as about 2 million reservists — this is comparable to the strength of the Army United States, but less than is in the service of the United NATO troops, notes Fox News.
Russian authorities have repeatedly denied reports of the involvement of Russian military in combat operations in the Donbass region. In addition, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that all aircraft of the RUSSIAN AIR FORCE carried out and are carried out in strict accordance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating the borders of other States.