Russia’s new maritime doctrine

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Russian president Vladimir Putin used the occasion of the Navy Day festivities on 26 July to announce the approval of a new ‘Maritime Doctrine-2015’ for the Russian Federation. Nikolai Novichkov assesses the key changes.

The last time Russia issued a maritime doctrine – which codifies the country’s naval priorities, strategy, and procurement – was in 2001, so a new document was thus overdue. According to Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin there were two main reasons behind changes the 2015 doctrine brings into play: the changed international situation and improvements to Russia’s navy since the last doctrine.

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