Vladimir Putin has ramped up efforts to modernise the Russian navy by launching the development of recent nuclear submarines.
Mr Putin issued orders for 2 nuclear subs armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles, along with different warships, on Monday in a bid to arm the nation with “state-of-the-art weapons” and construct a “highly effective and well-balanced navy”.
Talking in a video name, the president additionally accredited two diesel-powered submarines and two corvettes at shipyards in Severodvinsk, St Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
Mr Putin mentioned: “We’ll proceed to spice up the potential of the Russian navy, develop its bases and infrastructure, arm it with state-of-the-art weapons.
“A robust and sovereign Russia wants a strong and well-balanced navy.”
The announcement comes amid rising tensions with the West – as relations plunged to post-Chilly Warfare lows following the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned on Monday how leaders of the Collective Safety Treaty Group (a army alliance of post-Soviet states) met for talks on the implications of “one other civil warfare in Afghanistan”.
Following the dialogue among the many Russian-led army alliance – comprised of seven former Soviet states together with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – Mr Peskov added: “In fact, nobody goes to intervene in these occasions.”
Russia has established a serious presence within the Mediterranean Sea, together with a base at Tartus port in Syria.
The bottom, which has now been expanded, is the one Russian facility outdoors the previous Soviet Union.
Mr Putin added in his deal with: “We’ll proceed to indicate the Russian flag in strategically vital ocean areas.”
“A lot of our weapons have the capabilities that haven’t any analogues on the earth, and a few will stay unrivalled for a very long time to come back,” Mr Putin mentioned.
It comes as president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, vowed on Monday to do all the things he can to deliver again the Crimean peninsula after it was annexed.
Talking on the Crimean Platform summit, Mr Zelenskyy urged worldwide allies to again his bid to reclaim Crimea.
Addressing an viewers with representatives from all 30 NATO member states, the Ukrainian premier promised to “do all the things potential to return Crimea, in order that Crimea, along with Ukraine, turns into a part of Europe.”
“For this we are going to use all potential political, authorized and at the beginning diplomatic means,” Mr Zelenskyy mentioned, warning how capital Kiev wants “efficient assist on the worldwide stage.”
He slammed Russia for utilizing Crimea as a “foothold to spice up its affect on the Black Sea area”.
However Kremilin spokesman, Mr Peskov, dismissed the summit as an “anti-Russian occasion.”
Ukraine referred to as for the occasion to construct strain on Russia over the annexation of Crimea – which many countries together with Britain and the US have refused to recognise and have branded unlawful.