Russia and China held a joint naval exercise in the Pacific in April 2012 (photo:dpa)

Russia builds its forces for the Pacific power game

The fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s was accompanied by a rapid decline in what was its naval and air power in the Pacific. Now Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, wants to re-establish the country as a military force in the area, mainly to protect its nuclear deterrent. In the second part of our three-part series on the build-up of military forces in the Asia-Pacific we look at how Russia plans to regain its place in the balance of power.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
By the time Vladimir Putin first came to power in 2000, the Russia’s Pacific Fleet was no longer a credible force
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