Ep. 24 – Russia’s Naval Manoeuvres and Kremlin’s Strategy

SpecialEurasia Geopolitical Report Podcast Ep. 24 - Russia's Naval Strategy and Foreign Policy
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Ep. 24 - Russia's Naval Manoeuvres and Kremlin's Strategy


In the latest episode of the SpecialEurasia Geopolitical Report Podcast, we analysed the Russia’s maritime strategy as a pivotal component of its broader foreign policy agenda.

This month, the Russian Pacific Fleet engaged in joint military exercises with Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea, marking a significant development in Russian naval operations. The exercises, announced by the Russian Defense Ministry, highlight Russia’s strategic intent to project power and enhance its naval capabilities in key maritime regions. The involvement of Russian warships such as the frigate Admiral Gorshkov and the nuclear-powered submarine Kazan underscores the Kremlin’s commitment to maintaining a formidable naval presence.

Further amplifying its global reach, a detachment of Northern Fleet ships, including the aforementioned Admiral Gorshkov and Kazan, along with the medium sea tanker Akademik Pashin and the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker, made an unofficial visit in Cuba on June 12th, 2024.

This visit followed high-precision missile weapon exercises, signaling Russia’s readiness to deploy advanced military assets in strategic locations. The Western media’s anticipation of Russian naval and aerial deployments to the Caribbean Basin underscores the geopolitical implications of these maneuvers, as Moscow seeks to reaffirm its influence in the Western Hemisphere, reminiscent of Cold War-era power dynamics.

The collaborative efforts between the Russian and Egyptian navies during the exercises involved intricate operational activities. These included the formation of a warship detachment in designated areas, joint tactical maneuvering in various formations, and comprehensive communications training. Additionally, deck helicopter flights were executed, demonstrating the multifaceted nature of the exercises.

The inclusion of the missile cruiser Varyag and the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov from Russia, alongside Egypt’s frigate Al-Qadir, signifies a deepening of military ties between the two nations, with broader implications for regional security dynamics in the Mediterranean.

The journey of the Russian naval detachment began in Vladivostok, the main base of the Pacific Fleet, in January 2024. This deployment reflects Russia’s strategic foresight and its emphasis on sustaining a robust naval presence across multiple regions. The detachment’s itinerary included significant port visits and joint exercises with various navies.

In India, Russian sailors participated in “Milan-2024,” followed by port calls in Sri Lanka and Qatar. The naval exercise “Maritime Security Belt-2024,” conducted in collaboration with China and Iran, further exemplified Russia’s commitment to forging strategic partnerships and enhancing maritime security in crucial waterways.

As the detachment traversed the Gulf of Aden, navigated the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and entered the Red Sea, it showcased the operational reach and logistical capabilities of the Russian Navy. These maneuvers are indicative of a broader geopolitical strategy aimed at securing vital maritime routes and expanding Russia’s influence.

By engaging in these extensive naval activities, Russia not only bolsters its military readiness but also signals its intent to play a decisive role in shaping the security architecture of key regions. The Kremlin’s maritime strategy, therefore, remains a cornerstone of its efforts to project power and safeguard its geopolitical interests on the global stage.

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