The US media was wrong to call Russia's military weak, as the country has been able to conduct an effective operation in Syria, former US Navy commander
Russia's Navy in particular has been singled out in the US media as being "weak," although it has been substantially modernized and many of its existing vessels are newly-built. Russia's Caspian flotilla, in particular, has been able to exceed US capabilities by stationing cruise missiles on relatively small vessels.
"With small, inexpensive, technologically simple, and easily-produced ships, the Russian navy is displaying a unique capability and is highlighting the results of its naval modernization efforts, much of which are unknown," Campbell wrote.
In addition, Russia has been supplying Syria over the past four years and the flagship Moskva is now providing air and missile defense form the coast, showing Russian Naval effectiveness in regional deployments.