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Putin Says America Is Russia’s Main Threat


Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a military document declaring that the United States is the main threat to Russian security.

It was the first update to Russian naval doctrine since 2015, when changes were made following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

sunday was navy daya national holiday established by decree of Putin in 2017, celebrated with a huge parade of military ships on the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, a place chosen to honor Tsar Peter the Great for establishing Russia as a major naval power.

“The main naval parade includes the maritime, airborne and land components to give a complete picture of the modern Russian Navy. A total of 47 combat ships, boats and submarines from the Russian Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets take part in the main naval parade on the Neva and in the Kronshtadt roadstead,” Cup news service reported.

The parade also included more than 40 naval aircraft, including helicopters, transports, fighters, bombers and around 3,500 people.

Before launching the naval parade with a congratulatory speech to Russian sailors, Putin sign a 55-page document that laid out the strategic objectives of the Russian Navy. The document states that the main threat facing Russia is “the strategic policy of the United States to dominate the world’s oceans”, coupled with the advance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). on the land borders of Russia.

“Guided by this doctrine, the Russian Federation will firmly and resolutely defend its national interests in the world’s oceans, and having sufficient sea power will guarantee their security and protection,” the new naval doctrine said.

Russian missile cruiser Varyag fires a cruise missile as part of Russian Navy maneuvers in the Bering Sea. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

To this end, the document states that Russia will seek greater strategic and naval cooperation with countries such as Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and India – the latter two being the United States’ main strategic partners. United.

The doctrine also urged Russia to consolidate its naval strength in the Black and Azov seas after the invasion of Ukraine. He described the Arctic as an area of ​​particular interest to Russia, a concern that prompts American planners to nervous on the security of US and allied assets in this remote region.

Free Radio Europe (RFE) noted that Putin had listed several other bodies of water where Russia would protect its interests by “all means”, including the Okhotsk and Bering Seas and the Baltic and Kuril Straits. Russia disputed maritime borders with other powers in several of these regions.

During his Navy Day speech, Putin promised that Zircon hypersonic missiles would be delivered to Russian warships in the coming months. Poutine frequently is bragging these missiles move so fast that US anti-missile systems cannot stop them. It also boasts that Russia leads the world in all aspects of hypersonic technology and, therefore, Is have effective defenses against American hypersonic weapons.

The Russian military said it had succeeded tested Zircon missiles several times this year and even claims to have deployed them twice in combat in Ukraine. The Pentagon declined to confirm whether zircons had been used in Ukraine and said that in any event they would not be a game changer.

Putin said on Navy Day that hypersonic missiles would give Russia the ability to “respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to undermine our sovereignty and freedom.”

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