Vladimir Putin approves updated Maritime Doctrine
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has approved a new version of the Russian Federation's Maritime Doctrine. The document, published on the website of the Russian Presidency, kremlin.ru, features provisions on reducing national security threats in the Arctic and strengthening Russia's leadership in exploring and developing the region.
"The reasons that compelled us to adopt a new doctrine are the changing international political landscape and the objective strengthening of Russia as a sea power," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
The new doctrine focuses on the Atlantic and Arctic regions, he went on to say, as reported by Rossiya Segodnya.
"The main focus is on two areas, the Arctic and the Atlantic, for the following reasons. We are emphasizing the Atlantic because NATO has recently been more active in the region, and is approaching Russian borders, which calls for a response," Mr. Rogozin pointed out.
Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of the new Maritime Doctrine for the Navy.
"This is a landmark event for the Navy's future, as well as for the shipbuilding industry, since the customer, in this case the Navy and the Ministry of Defense, will be able to articulate their future needs, and producers will have to implement these objectives. The industry is expected to adapt to the new objectives it faces," the President said.