What does Russia’s new naval strategy mean?

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What does Russia’s new naval strategy mean?

President Vladimir Putin has announced his planned expansion of Russia’s naval power, singling out the United States as the biggest obstacle.

Putin signed a new naval doctrine on Sunday, accusing Washington of trying to dominate the world’s oceans.

The 55-page document states that NATO’s movements threaten Moscow’s borders and details a plan to strengthen Russia’s geopolitical position. In a speech to mark Navy Day, Putin did not directly mention the war in Ukraine.

Instead he thanked military personnel and pledged to defend Russian interests in the Black and Azov Seas.

How will this be viewed in Washington?

Presenter: Kim Vinnell

Guests:

Sergei Markov – director of the Institute of Political Studies and former Putin spokesman

Wolfgang Pusztai – security analyst and former Austrian defence attache

Lawrence Brennan – retired US Navy captain and adjunct professor of law at Fordham University