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Russian president Vladimir Putin’s use of Russian conventional forces to destabilize Ukraine and prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime certainly got the attention of Western analysts and policy makers.
But now, Russia’s nuclear forces are undergoing dramatic modernization.
Russia’s strategic modernization march has been impressive, including development and deployment of new intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the road-mobile RS-26, new submarine launched ballistic missiles, the Borey, a new class of ballistic missile submarine and a ground launched cruise missile that almost certainly violates the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) ban on such weapons.
Unlike the United States and its NATO allies, Russia also relies on its doctrinal planning and has taken steps to modernize its shorter range but still nuclear capable weapons for possible use in a Eurasian land mass conflict.
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