13:22 GMT +321 April 2019
Listen Live
    Navy Day parade rehearsal in Baltiysk

    Russia's New Maritime Doctrine Scares the Living Daylight Out of NATO?

    © Sputnik / Evgeniy Karasev
    Politics
    Get short URL
    10545

    The United States and other NATO members "should be very concerned" about Russia's new maritime doctrine issued in response to the alliance's continued eastward expansion and escalating military buildup and they will surely "try and talk it down," naval expert Peter Roberts said.

    The document, reflecting Russia's growing maritime power, "is clearly focused at NATO. It claims to be a response to NATO's actions right up at its borders," a senior fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) asserted.

    What the former Royal Navy officer might perceive as Russia's hidden concerns regarding NATO has actually a solid foundation. For instance, the United States has allocated almost $1 billion for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) to boost its military presence, intensify war-games and increase rotational presence of US forces in Europe using a non-existent Russian threat as a pretext.

    • Soldiers from NATO countries attend an opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015'.
      Soldiers from NATO countries attend an opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015'.
      © AP Photo / Mindaugas Kulbis
    • Units from NATO allied countries take part in the NATO Noble Jump 2015 exercises, part of testing and refinement of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in Swietoszow, Poland June 18, 2015
      Units from NATO allied countries take part in the NATO Noble Jump 2015 exercises, part of testing and refinement of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in Swietoszow, Poland June 18, 2015
      © REUTERS / Anna Krasko/Agencja Gazeta
    • NATO military exercises
      NATO military exercises
      © AFP 2019 /
    • Polish tank comander smiles after a NATO Response Force (NRF) exercise in Zagan, southwest Poland on June 18, 2015
      Polish tank comander smiles after a NATO Response Force (NRF) exercise in Zagan, southwest Poland on June 18, 2015
      © AFP 2019 / Janek Skarzynski
    • From left, Norwegian support vessel Valkyrien, Belgian mine-hunter Belis, Norwegian minesweeper Otra, Dutch mine-hunter Makkum and Estonian mine-hunter Admiral Cowen form a convoy during a NATO deployment in the Baltic Sea along the German Coast, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      From left, Norwegian support vessel Valkyrien, Belgian mine-hunter Belis, Norwegian minesweeper Otra, Dutch mine-hunter Makkum and Estonian mine-hunter Admiral Cowen form a convoy during a NATO deployment in the Baltic Sea along the German Coast, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      © AP Photo / Gero Breloer
    1 / 5
    © AP Photo / Mindaugas Kulbis
    Soldiers from NATO countries attend an opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015'.

    The ERI is the backbone of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, a US launched program started approximately a year ago to ensure its European allies especially in Eastern Europe and the Baltic that Washington is committed to protecting them from Russia, although Moscow does not pose a threat to any country in the world and there are no reasons to think otherwise.

    Units from NATO allied countries take part in the NATO Noble Jump 2015 exercises, part of testing and refinement of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in Swietoszow, Poland June 18, 2015
    © REUTERS / Anna Krasko/Agencja Gazeta
    Russia has repeatedly voiced its concerns that NATO's blatant muscle flexing could undermine fragile security and stability in a region ones plagued by devastating wars and violence. The alliance, many say has long since turned into an offensive bloc, remains deaf to these concerns prompting Russia to boost its defense.  

    Russia's new naval code, approved by Vladimir Putin on Sunday, outlines four functional and six regional areas, comprising the Atlantic and the Arctic (named as key regions), as well as the Pacific, the Caspian Sea, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

    "I think one of the most interesting things about the new Russian naval doctrine is its huge expanse. It's an enormous amount of ground that the Russian Navy now expects to cover," Roberts told Sky News.

    NATO exercises and deployments near Russia since 2014
    © Sputnik /
    NATO exercises and deployments near Russia since 2014

    Related:

    Paul Craig Roberts: 'US Wants to Coerce Russia Into Submission'
    Antagonizing Interpretation of New Russian Maritime Doctrine Misguided
    Russian Maritime Doctrine Lays Foundation to New Marine Law
    War Profiteers: Victoria Nuland and Co. Making Money on Endless Wars
    Tags:
    NATO, NATO buildup, military drills, Operation Atlantic Resolve, European Reassurance Initiative, Russian Maritime Doctrine, United States, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik