Russia’s Vladimir Putin gave the green signal for the construction of new nuclear submarines and other warships, part of a sweeping military modernization effort amid tensions with the West.
Russian Premier gave direct orders for two new nuclear submarines armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles along with two diesel-powered submarines and two corvettes at shipyards in Severodvinsk, St. Petersburg, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
The Russian administration has made military modernization a top priority as relations with the West have plunged to post-Cold War lows after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
Putin wants to re-establish a regular naval presence in parts of the world that the Soviet Union had during the Cold War.
The Russian Navy already has a major presence with a naval base in the Syrian port in the Mediterranean Sea, to put the wish into reality. It has expanded and modified the Tartus base, the only such facility that Russia currently has outside the former Soviet Union.