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On Navy Day, Putin says United States is main threat to Russia

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On Navy Day, Putin says United States is main threat to Russia


SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, July 31 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new naval doctrine on Sunday that sees the United States as Russia’s main rival and proposes Russia’s efforts in the Arctic and Black Sea. global maritime ambitions in key regions such as

Addressing Russia’s Navy Day in St. Petersburg, the former imperial capital founded by Tsar Peter the Great, Putin praised Peter for making Russia a maritime power and raising the Russian state’s global standing.

Putin gave a brief speech after inspecting the navy in which he promised that he was touting Russia’s unique Zircon hypersonic cruise missile and warned that Russia has the military leverage to defeat any potential aggressor.

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Shortly before the speech, he signed a 55-page new naval doctrine that lays out the broad strategic goals of the Russian Navy, including its ambitions as a “sea power” across the world.

The main threat to Russia, the doctrine says, is the “US strategic policy of dominating the world’s oceans” and the movement of the NATO military alliance to move closer to Russia’s borders.

The doctrine says that if other soft power such as diplomatic and economic tools are exhausted, Russia may use its military force appropriately according to the situation in the world’s oceans, and acknowledges that Russia does not have enough naval bases around the world.

According to the doctrine, Russia’s priority is to develop strategic and naval cooperation with India, as well as broader cooperation with Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.

“Guided by this principle, the Russian Federation will steadfastly and resolutely defend its national interests in the world’s oceans, and having sufficient maritime power will guarantee its security and protection,” the document said.

Putin’s speech did not mention the conflict in Ukraine, but military doctrine envisaged “a comprehensive strengthening of Russia’s geopolitical position in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov”.

Relations between Russia and the West have been increasingly strained during the five months of the conflict in Ukraine.

The doctrine also lists the Arctic Ocean as an area of ​​particular importance to Russia, which the United States has repeatedly said Russia is trying to militarize.

Russia’s vast 37,650 km (23,400 miles) coastline stretches from the Sea of ​​Japan to the White Sea, including the Black and Caspian Seas.

Putin said deliveries of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles to the Admiral Gorshkov frigate will begin within a few months. Where they are deployed will depend on Russia’s interests, he said.

“The key here is the ability of the Russian Navy…it can respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to violate our sovereignty and freedom.”

Hypersonic weapons travel at nine times the speed of sound, and Russia has tested zircon from warships and submarines over the past year.

In Crimea, Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozaev said Ukrainian troops attacked the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the Russian-controlled port city early on Sunday, killing five workers Personnel injured.read more

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Edited by Guy Faulconbridge, William Maclean

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