Monday, February 09, 2009

... and the Russian Navy's Here!

Continuing last week's nautical theme ...

Roger McDermott notes that "[the Russian navy] is assuming greater strategic importance as Russia seeks to maximize its resurgence as a great power." Apparently the Russians are planning to set up some overseas bases--Socotra, Yemen, Tartus, Syria and Tripoli, Libya.

Russia, like China, like India--wants to make its presence felt.

Again, monitor but don't overreact--my new mantra. After all, the INDRA-2009 exercises between Russia and India involved a grand total of five Russian ships (the Peter the Great, the Admiral Vinogradov, the Fotiy Krylov, a rescue tugboat--and two tankers, the Pechenga and Boris Butoma.

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