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General in Cash-Strapped NATO Complains About Russian Military Superiority

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While Russia’s modernization has resulted in flexible and effective armed forces, Germany’s head NATO general believes the alliance has fallen behind due to a lack of investment.

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Russia has invested in the development of modern, flexible and effective armed forces, while NATO has neglected the necessary investment, said Germany’s top NATO commander General Hans-Lothar Domrose on Wednesday.

“Russia has invested so heavily that its armed forces are highly modern, flexible and effective today – and also numerically strong,” said Domrose, who contrasted Russian investment with what he called a 25 percent decrease in NATO investment over the last 25 years.

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“We must now monitor very closely whether we, NATO, have become too small and it (Russia) too big.”

‘At the lower limit: German NATO general sees the balance of power in danger,’ reported Fokus.de, the newspaper which interviewed General Domrose.

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When comparing the organizations’ armed forces, Domrose spoke of the need for a balance in the world’s military might in order to prevent its misuse.

“If the relationship with each other is no longer correct, there is a danger that deterrence is shaken. Now smart people have to decide if the relationship between the two sides is still the right one.”

“It’s always about keeping a fair balance,” said Domrose, who started his military career with the Bundeswehr in 1973.

“As long as there is a healthy balance, nothing happens.”

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