The new naval doctrine signed by Putin considers the US strategy to “dominate the oceans” and the tendency to expand NATO as a threat to Russia.

The 55-page document says that the “main challenges and threats” to Russia’s security and development lie in the “strategic goal of dominating the world’s oceans” pursued by Washington as well as the trend. NATO’s military infrastructure expansion towards the Russian border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the approval of the new naval doctrine at the State Historical Museum in St.Petersburg today.  Photo: TASS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the approval of the new naval doctrine at the State Historical Museum in St.Petersburg today. Photo: TASS.

“Russia’s independent foreign and domestic policy faces countermeasures from the United States and its allies, who want to maintain their dominance over the entire world, including the oceans. “, the doctrine, signed on the date of the Russian Navy, reads.

The doctrine says Moscow will seek to strengthen its leading position in efforts to explore the Arctic and its mineral resources, while maintaining “strategic stability” there by bolstering its potential. Northern and Pacific fleets. It also refers to Russia’s desire to develop a “safe and competitive” sea route from Europe to Asia, known as the Northeast Road.

“Russia today cannot exist without a strong fleet… and will defend its interests in the oceans of the world,” the doctrine stressed.

The new naval doctrine was adopted in the context of Russia facing unprecedented pressure from Western countries, through a series of sanctions, because of the military campaign in Ukraine. Russian state media say the country is subject to about 10,000 restrictions, making it the most sanctioned country in the world.

Russia responded by banning the export of more than 200 items in the telecommunications, medical, automotive, agricultural, electrical engineering and technology sectors until the end of 2022. Moscow also banned a series of Western officials from entering the country, punishing them with sanctions. fined dozens of US, EU and Singapore energy companies.

Russia has cut off gas supplies to six European countries, on the grounds that these countries do not accept contract payments in rubles at the request of Moscow. Russia also strengthens energy cooperation with China and India by selling cheap crude oil.