Why Russia’s Revised Maritime Doctrine Is Ridiculous

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Russian President Vladimir Putin adopted amendments to Russia’s maritime doctrine signed 14 years ago. The new document covers changes in the world’s geopolitical situation, particularly the changed relations between Russia and NATO.

The revised document also notes the importance of cooperating with India and China as well as providing Crimea with transportation availability.

Yesterday, in the Russia’s Navy Day, Putin signed the amendments for Russia’s maritime doctrine. The document that defines basic concepts of maritime policy was approved by Vladimir Putin on July 27, 2001.

The amendments were announced during a meeting in Baltyisk aboard the Admiral Gorshkov frigate by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, defense minister Sergey Shoigu, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov and the commander of Western military region, Anatoliy Sidorov.

The main reasons for the revision of the document are “the changes of international affairs” as well as the strengthening of Russia as a ‘maritime power’, Dmitry Rogozin said.

According to Rogozin, the doctrine covers four directions: naval activity, naval transport, science and development of natural resources as well as six regional areas – the Atlantic, the Arctic, the Pacific, the Caspian Sea, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

Rogozin explained that there are many developments in the Antarctica and Russia is interested in the region. The doctrine also notes that the Antarctica possess a large resource potential.

Russia will expand its presence in the Atlantic Ocean

The main accents were put on the Atlantic and the Arctic, Mr Rogozin noted. “Attention to the Atlantic stems from NATO’s active development and the alliance approaching our borders,” he explained.

The doctrine notes that Russia’s maritime policy is defined by “the circumstances in the region that are oriented only on NATO,” as well as “the imperfection of legal mechanisms of providing international security.” The document also underlines that Russia is not going to put up with “NATO’s eastward expansion and the deployment of its infrastructure near Russian borders.”

The long-term task in the Atlantic Ocean is to have a sufficient naval presence there. However, why would a country that claims to be ‘peaceful’ want to expand its presence in the region where it has no enemies and no one to wage a war against?

As for the Black and Azov Seas, Russia is going to restore its strategic positions there. One of the tasks is to provide the Crimean peninsula with transportation availability as well as develop ship-repairing and ship-building complexes in the region. According to the revised document, Russia intends to turn the region into a zone of “military and political stability.”

Russian plans to become pals with China and India

The maritime policy in the Arctic is defined by the importance to guarantee a way for Russian navy to reach the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The Arctic is also important due to the growing significance of the Northern Sea Route, Rogozin noted.

Therefore, Russia intends to decrease the level of threats to the country’s national security in the Arctic, strengthen its naval potential and develop the Northern fleet. It all would allow Russia to legally regularize the borders of continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.

As for the Pacific Ocean, Russia plans to strengthen its friendly relationship with China. The revised document also notes that Russia’s Far East has a huge amount of resources but is underpopulated and isolated from industrially developed regions of the country.

“These conditions are worsened by the intensive development of countries of the Asia-Pacific region, which have a significant influence on economic, demographic and military processes in the region,” the document states.

As for the Indian Ocean, Russia first of all plans to develop friendly relations with India. As a conclusion, the document states that Russia intends to “firmly and strongly” strengthen its positions in the world ocean.

However, it must be noted that such ambitious plans require a brand new fleet, which is an expansive thing nowadays. Overall, the document is a yet another pathetic attempt to intimidate the West. But when Russia proves that the country is not able to complete at least half of the stated plans, Putin’s country will look even more ridiculous that it does now.

Why does Russia revise its policy and military doctrines?

The relations between Russia and the West have never been any worse since the end of the Cold War. Ever since the Ukrainian crisis began and Russia annexed Crimea, the Kremlin has been escalating the crisis further.

The funny thing is that Russia constantly points at the West, saying that it’s not saint either. According to the Russians, the West is hypocritical because in the recent years, NATO has been spending on defense 10 times more than Russia.

After the Alliance expanded further into the East, Russia was calmed only by the NATO-Russia Founding Act signed in 1997, in which NATO members pledged not to station permanent contingent on their territories.

However, what concerns Russia is repeated military drills carried out by NATO as well as the Alliance’s stationing of heavy military equipment in Eastern states.

Is U.S. pushing for a nuclear war?

What also concerns Putin’s Russia is the fact that the United States is considering stationing ground nuclear cruise missiles in Europe. Experts from both Russia and the West agree that such a move would increase the possibility of a nuclear war.

In terms of conventional forces, Russia is much weaker than NATO: the amount of the Alliance’s forces exceeds the amount of Russian forces by almost 4 times. Besides, NATO possess more powerful weapons.

That is exactly the reason why Putin insists on modernizing his country’s nuclear weapons. And that is where a new arms race begins.

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Polina Tikhonova
Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.

24 Comments on "Why Russia’s Revised Maritime Doctrine Is Ridiculous"

  1. Alexandra Levitskaya | Jul 30, 2015, 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm |

    That’s good you are out since you realize I’m not an easy target.

  2. Alexandra Levitskaya | Jul 30, 2015, 8:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    Well, Patric, the stupidity including yours invokes negative feelings against it. It’s natural things to fight the evil. So, keep yours comments under control & I will keep my emotions in check. I’ve heard that stupidity has no cure though.

  3. Carrie, Its not worth it to argue with Alexandra. Angry person cannot see the truth. Anger is early stage of Psychosis. Just ignore her and don’t respond negatively. Let her anger make her suffer. We should not be part of her sufferings. I am out.

  4. Alex, Oh! I am sorry, you are a woman. Now it makes sense why you wrote such bitter, insulting comments to everybody. Please control your emotions and choose good language; that will help you. God bless you lady. I thought your name is Alexander. By the way- are you a Russian or from Eastern Europe? May be English language is not your mother tongue. I agree with Carrie Barber. saying that you are really an angry person.

  5. Alexandra Levitskaya | Jul 30, 2015, 2:53 pm at 2:53 pm |

    First at all,Patrick, I’m a female myself. Secondary, that’s how I respond to a mean lie & mockery. And stop your racists- sexists lecturing next time. It doesn’t work with me.

  6. Alex, It is far too much you made a comment on a lady what ever she said. Be a nice gentleman and polite. You attacked me OK but it is too much. I feel sorry for you and pity you.

  7. Polina Tikhonova talking about military and Russia,typical ukrop slave

  8. Viktor Tatarenko | Jul 28, 2015, 6:46 am at 6:46 am |

    What was happened to modern Russia?The Kremlin’s network of professional propaganda-spewing internet trolls is large. There are thousands of Russians who work full-time jobs, publishing social media updates, internet comments and blog posts specifically designed to form abhorrence for the USA, EU, NATO, CIA and Ukraine. And their trolling may not be limited to the web. Please take a look this interesting video about the similar features of the Russian Internet propaganda trolls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlCx-TLTGpc&feature=youtu.be

  9. stephen koludrovic | Jul 27, 2015, 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |

    The US would prefer to have the battleground in Europe and far away from home, if London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin were completely destroyed they would just consider it as a collateral damage. However should the Russians encourage N Korea to invade the South then the US would be ankle deep in

  10. lol You’re really an angry person. Guess you can’t accept the truth about your worthless dictator.

  11. Alexandra Levitskaya | Jul 27, 2015, 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    I hope you don’t mind having your precious butt as a sniper’s target, do you? Unless you keep your brain in there.

  12. Nah…big difference between Putin’s bloated botox face. It makes a good target for snipers.

  13. Who is P.? and what would I be banned from?

  14. Alexandra Levitskaya | Jul 27, 2015, 6:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    I bet you have mixed his face with Kerry’s. That’s the one with the botox. The anger clouds your mind, so be careful while driving.

  15. Alexandra Levitskaya | Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    I get it. You are so angry at P. because you are banned there as a “certified one” Russia doesn’t need you & the likes.

  16. Tabloid urinalism is so lame.

  17. I bet Putin watches his own ugly botox face on tv and believes his own lies coming out of his mouth to the Russian people, and the world.

  18. If Putin plans to do all this and conquer the world he needs to put some other kind of power in is worn our tug boat navy other than wind up rubber bands and straws that shoot spit balls for weapons.

  19. What will start the war that kills all per say is the greedy, arrogant, ignorant, habitual lying, thieving deranged minded psychopath leader of Russia..Putin.

  20. Russia’s attention to NATO conventional forces doesn’t make sense. Russia decided many years ago that it would not race to match conventional weapons of China or NATO, and that it would use nuclear weapons against an overpowering conventional attack. Why change now ? Russia could destroy a US base in Poland with a nuclear cannon ball. This message also confuses what should be Russia’s and the world’s primary concern – the build up of US nuclear weapons in Europe. That is what might start the war that kills us all.

  21. Too bad Russia is…broke!
    Who said Russia is a “naval power”? Russia?
    Ya’ gotta love when Putin just keeps decreeing things all day long…people should check out Russian news programs…50% of it is focused on the President and what he did today. (btw…a few years ago there were those terrible fires in Siberia, and Putin decreed that everyone would get new homes. Was it done? (Exactly.)

  22. You’re simply a pathetic russian troll, which is synonymous with LIAR. Russia wouldn’t last 24 hours against NATO, and your hero: russia’s Liar in Chief Putin knows this. That’s why he barks so loud trying to convince the world that he also has a big bite. Sad really…

  23. NATO-Russia Founding Act is dead. Russia broke it by invading Ukraine. For the author to mention it as if it were a live document indicates her advocacy of Russian interests.

  24. “Attention to the Atlantic stems from NATO’s active development and the alliance approaching our borders,” he explained.”

    NATO has been on Russia’s/Soviet Union’s borders for decades now.

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