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On Navy Day, Vladimir Putin says United States is main threat to Russia

Putin's speech did not mention the conflict in Ukraine, but the military doctrine envisages a 'comprehensive strengthening of Russia's geopolitical position' in the Black and Azov seas

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and head of the Russian navy Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov take part in a parade marking Navy Day in Saint Petersburg (Photo: Reuters)

Reuters St Petersburg, Russia
President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a new naval doctrine which cast the United States as Russia's main rival and set out Russia's global maritime ambitions for crucial areas such as the Arctic and in the Black Sea.

Speaking on Russia's Navy Day in the former imperial capital of St Petersburg founded by Tsar Peter the Great, Putin praised Peter for making Russia a great sea power and increasing the global standing of the Russian state.

After inspecting the navy, Putin made a short speech in which he promised that what he touted as Russia's unique Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles, cautioning that

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First Published: Jul 31 2022 | 8:58 PM IST

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