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The Russian Navy is trying to overcome its reputation as “more rust than ready” with a huge push to become capable of force projection far beyond its home shores. The money and plans for new ships are there, but modernizing its “legacy ships” will be more difficult. For now, the buildup will achieve the same goal the Russian Navy has always had: making any attack on the Motherland very costly.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Baltic Sea is an unlikely place to find Chinese warships. Their presence at joint naval exercises with the Russian navy went well beyond showing the flag.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
On New Year’s Eve, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an updated national security strategy. Its tone matches the deterioration in Russia’s relations with the West. Compared with the 2014 version, two features stand out. NATO is now presented as an adversary rather than a rival, and the instigation of so-called “color revolutions” has been elevated to t...