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Russia’s New Maritime Doctrine: Attacking NATO’s Sea Lanes of Communication in the Atlantic – Intent and Feasibility

How seriously should the West take the thinly veiled Russian threat against Atlantic shipping in recent doctrine?

On 26 July 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an updated version of Russia’s maritime (naval) doctrine. In light of Russia’s confrontation with the West over Ukraine, the doctrine’s overt anti-NATO provisions for the Atlantic region have already led some to perceive it as a thinly veiled threat to trans-Atlantic sea lanes of communication (SLOC). While Russia’s ability to do so is seriously over-exaggerated, it may be time for the West to consider appropriate

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Dr Igor Sutyagin

Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies

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