Russia’s moves in the Baltic Sea are monitored by the United States, especially now that tensions persists. While the United States prepares its Navy for anything that could crop up, Russian troops have been building up in other parts like Ukraine. Are both countries preparing for World War?
US Navy Positions to Attack
Despite continued denial of war-related efforts, the United States and Russia have continued deploy more troops in tensed and monitored parts like the Black Sea and Ukraine. As Russia is perceived to be a key player in the Black Sea security architecture, the U.S. and NATO are finding ways to curtail Moscow’s geopolitical position. The two allies are looking to return to great power competition at sea, according to reports.
The United States is not a Southeastern Asian or Black Sea state, but its presence in the region continues to persist.
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“One of the greatest challenges to American interests abroad is in keeping the world’s oceans open to commerce and activity. From Russia dominating the Black Sea to China constructing man-made islands in the South China Sea, it is apparent the US Navy must be prepared for growing threats,” Sputnik quoted Brian Slattery and Mary Monica Allen of the influential Heritage Foundation.
Furthermore, the researchers also cited the testimony of Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, in relation to the matter.
“For the first time in twenty-five years, the Navy is facing a return to great power competition at sea,” said Manazir.
“Russia and China have a growing arsenal of high-end warfighting capabilities, engage in coercion and competition and have global reach. Provocation from Iran and North Korea continue to create instability in the Middle East and the Western Pacific,” added the official.
Russia Prepares to Retaliate
Nonetheless, despite opposition to its rise in power, Russia continues to deploy more troops not just in the Black Sea but also in Ukraine. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed that the military also created four additional divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments within three years, as reported by Voice of America.
Shoigu noted how the military-political situation on the southwestern strategic direction has turned out to be more acute in the past few years. The official also cited the growing military presence of NATO in Eastern Europe.