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Russia says US, NATO ‘main threats’ to national security

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Russia's space agency Roscosmos head Yury Borisov at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 26, 2022. (Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Russia's space agency Roscosmos head Yury Borisov at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 26, 2022. (Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — The United States’ quest to dominate the oceans and NATO’s expansion are the biggest threats facing Russia, according to a new Russian naval doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The 55-page document says the “main challenges and threats” to national security and development are Washington’s “strategic objective to dominate the world’s oceans” and NATO military infrastructure moving towards Russia’s borders.

“Russia’s independent internal and external policy faces countermeasures from the United States and its allies, who aim to preserve their dominance in the world, including its oceans,” says the doctrine, signed on Russian Navy Day.

Moscow views the Western military alliance — the Soviet Union’s enemy during the Cold War — as an existential threat, and used Ukraine’s membership hopes to justify its offensive on February 24.

The doctrine says Moscow will seek to strengthen its leading position in exploring the Arctic and its mineral resources and maintain “strategic stability” thereby bolstering the potential of the northern and Pacific fleets.

It also mentions Russia’s desire to develop a “safe and competitive” sea route from Europe to Asia, known as the Northeast Passage, via the country’s Arctic coastline and ensure it worked throughout the year.

“Today’s Russia cannot exist without a strong fleet… and will defend its interests in the world’s oceans firmly and with resolution,” the doctrine adds.

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