“You can see that they've imposed discipline on their force,” Scaparrotti said on Thursday. “They are pretty agile in [their] thinking. Russia is back… I'm impressed.”
The Russian armed forces were modernizing and they had successfully demonstrated long range highly accurate missiles which they had fired at targets in Syrian including from maritime platforms in the Caspian Sea, Scaparrotti noted.
“They are modernizing… We have an adversary here that we have to take very seriously, in my opinion,” he stated.
The United States and its NATO allies had to ensure their own military strength and be prepared to invest their own forces, the general maintained.