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Russia’s New Maritime Doctrine: Attacking NATO’s Sea Lanes of Communication in the Atlantic – Sustainability, Future Capabilities and Potential Countermeasures

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

Part I of this article showed that the Russian Navy could possibly allocate five submarines for operations aimed to interdict trans-Atlantic Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOCs). While even five submarines could wreak havoc on sea trade, Part II tackles the logical next step – how sustainable would this level of pressure be against SLOCs in the Atlantic? Might more submarines be made available in the future? Overall, what are the limits of Russian capabilities in the North

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Dr Igor Sutyagin

Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies

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