Vladimir Putin targets US in new Russian Navy doctrine, warns against use of hypersonic weapons


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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new naval doctrine that targets the United States as Russia’s main global adversary.

Putin signed the 55 pages during an appearance in St Petersburg to mark Russian Navy Day. The Russian leader gave a speech announcing Russia’s plans to become a major maritime power, saying resisting the United States is a priority objective.

“The strategic policy of the United States to dominate the world’s oceans” threatens Russia, Putin said.

Putin’s speech, however, made no mention of his ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
(Alexander Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian navy ships are moored in Sevastopol Bay on March 4, 2014. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Russian navy ships are moored in Sevastopol Bay on March 4, 2014. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP via Getty Images)

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Putin went on to say that a number of warships will soon be equipped with hypersonic weapons.

“The key element here is the capability of the Russian Navy,” Putin said. “He is able to respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to infringe on our sovereignty and freedom.”

Putin also noted NATO expansion as a major threat to Russia, months after Sweden and Finland officially joined the Western alliance. Finland shares an 800-mile border with Russia, greatly expanding potential friction points between NATO and Russia.

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Putin’s speech came on the same day as a drone attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on Sunday. According to Russian officials, the attack, which saw a drone drop an unknown explosive device, injured at least six people. It is not known who is responsible for the attack.


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