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In a new plan, Putin says that the United States is Russia's main naval threat

In a new military doctrine that came out Sunday, the US was named as Russia's biggest naval threat by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin said on his country's Navy Day in St. Petersburg that Russia wants to become a "great maritime power" and increase its power on the seas.

Putin signed a 55-page document about Russia's naval plans earlier.

The document says that the United States is Russia's main naval rival because "it is a strategic goal of the United States to control the world's oceans."

He also said that the upcoming growth of NATO is another danger on the high seas.

On Navy Day, Putin Says United States Is Main Threat to Russia | Asharq  AL-awsat

Putin said that Russia would use military force to stop the United States if diplomacy and economic strategies didn't work.

Officials in the US have said that Putin and Russia are trying to militarize international waters in order to improve their military standing.

The doctrine said that the Arctic Ocean is very important and that Russia will try to strengthen its position in the Black and Azov seas.

Vladimir Putin signed a 55-page naval doctrine outlining Russia's designs.
Putin signed a 55-page naval doctrine outlining Russia’s designs.
© Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS via ZUMA Press

“Guided by this doctrine, the Russian Federation will firmly and resolutely defend its national interests in the world’s oceans, and having sufficient maritime power will guarantee their security and protection,” the document said.

Putin said that Russia is getting ready to receive new missiles that can travel nine times faster than sound.

He didn't say anything about the war in Ukraine, which is still going on.


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