I don't know what made me say it but I asked “Hasn't Russia lost every war in the past two centuries”.
Technically, Russia defeated Napoleon. But Russia didn't really defeat Napoleon's army. The Russians burned the entire landscape West of Moscow. So Napoleon's troops starved in the Russian winter. The Russian troops pursued the disintegrating Napoleonic Army as Slavs have always done. That was considered a victory. I consider it a victory for Russian winters.
The same thing happened to Hitler's armies. On their way back to Germany they killed millions in their retreat. Russia was armed by the US and again had the help of the Russian winter.
Russia was defeated in 1905 by Japan. Which put Japan on the world map of great military powers. Russia was defeated by the Afghani guerrillas in 1987 and forced to retreat
Russian arms were completely defeated by tiny Israel in the 1967 war.
Russia has over centuries defeated Georgia and many satellite countries. Rarely in the form of warfare, mostly by threat of a giant versus a midget.
Russia lost the Cold War.
That leaves me with my original claim that Russia has never won a war and we should not be afraid of her in the Middle East.