Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new maritime doctrine that stamps a significant warning on the United States. This new legislation spells out the “dangers” of the US Navy and its “course to naval dominance.”
Putin signed the 55-page document before he gave his speech at the Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg. The port city of Saint Petersburg, sitting right on the Baltic Sea, represents a Russian area that feels threatened by the USA and the NATO.
Russian news agency Tass explained the thinking behind the document: “Russia will be ramping up the Navy’s operational capabilities to ensure national security and protect its interests in the World Ocean, as follows from the new Maritime Doctrine.”
The document continues with other heightened security measures on the waters. “Developing a modern, hi-tech shipbuilding industry in the Far East designed for building large-tonnage vessels (in particular, for the Arctic’s development) and advanced aircraft carriers for the Navy,” the doctrine reads.
The US had been increasing its presence in the Black Sea area. However, after the invasion of Ukraine, the United States and the NATO ultimately reduced their influence. Washington also cancelled naval training maneuvers set to take place on Black Sea waters.
Another thing to note about the new Russian documents is the call for more navy ships and firepower. This addendum is a reaction to the new Maritime Documents regarding NATO and its “confrontation with the Russian Federation and its allies.”
All focus turns to the Arctic Sea, where Russian and UN forces look to square off. The United States intends to cut off Russian expansion in the area. Meanwhile, Russia looks to strengthen their hold on Arctic waters. Much of Russia’s coastline sits in the Arctic, which explains why they put such a great deal of focus on it.
Putin has clarified that the United Nations, NATO and the United States are the reason for strengthening the Russian navy.
As of now, here has been no official response from the US.