Will the Russian Bear Wake Again?

Russian Tu-22M long-range bomber, used in some of the airpatrols over the Baltic. Photo: Alex Beltyukov.After many years of being only a shadow of its former military might, the Russian Federation is again actively seeking to modernise its military. This comes at the same time as America refocuses towards the Pacific and as overall European military spending decreases significantly. Russia’s aim to once again be a military superpower, together with its hardening rhetoric towards some of its neighbours, could pose a long-term problem for the Western European countries, who also are becoming increasingly dependent on Russia and its natural resources.

by Maximilian Krackhardt