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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The success of the Russian army impressed the commander of the NATO


Commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparotti impressed by the flexible thinking of the Russian officers and the ability of Moscow to adapt military doctrine to modern reality. According to him, Russia is the enemy, “which should be taken very seriously.”

Photo: US Department of Defense

Speaking at a security forum in aspen, Colorado, Scaparrotti admitted that he was impressed by the progress of the Russian army. The General said that the leadership of the Russian Armed forces has very flexible thinking.

“It is clear that they (Russia — ed.) learning. Their military doctrine is largely based on old Soviet. However, they look at the world around them and adapt their doctrine to changing conditions,” said Scaperotti (quoted by RBC).

The commander of NATO also highlighted the “apparent modernization” of the Russian armed forces. In particular, in the course of the antiterrorist operation in Syria, the General said, the Russians have launched rockets of distant radius of action and high accuracy, submarines, and bombers and medium-range missiles.

“They obviously didn’t need them to run this way, but they did it — probably for training, exercises, and demonstrations. I too impressed,” said Scaparrotti. However, he stated that Russia is enemies, “which should be taken very seriously.”

Scaparotti also said that even during his studies at West point ready to fight with the Russians. “I have taught Russian language, because I was interested to learn the culture of our enemy,” he said.

The American General Curtis Scaparotti headed NATO forces in Europe in may, replacing the post Philip Breedlove. Almost immediately after his appointment, he urged the Alliance to be ready to fight the “resurgent Russia”. According to Scaparrotti, Russia now seeks to project itself as a world power” and, therefore, for NATO it should be one of their main threats.

The Russian foreign Ministry statement, Scaparotti then called nothing more than big words. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, in turn, stressed that Moscow does not threaten anyone, but will safeguard its own interests.

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