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Putin to Sea

10:21 AM, Jun 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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As Alexei Anishchuk of Reuters reports:

Russia plans to resume nuclear submarine patrols in the southern seas after a hiatus of more than 20 years following the break-up of the Soviet Union ... The plan to send Borei-class submarines, designed to carry 16 long-range nuclear missiles, to the southern hemisphere follows President Vladimir Putin's decision in March to deploy a naval unit in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis starting this year.

The world is less dangerous, perhaps, than it was during the Cold War.  But Russia is not a friendly giant and strongman:

Putin has stressed the importance of a strong and agile military since returning to the presidency last May. In 13 years in power, he has often cited external threats when talking of the need for a reliable armed forces and Russian political unity.

Not the best time (if there were ever a good one) for disarmament and retreat.

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