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Has the Russian Navy Turned a Corner?: Recent Trends in Russian Shipbuilding and Naval Deployments

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In recent years, Russia’s foreign policy and behavior have become increasingly self-assertive and the rhetoric of its leaders increasingly hostile. Accordingly, some in the West have viewed with trepidation recent Russian military actions, such as bomber flyovers of U.S. ships at sea and last winter’s deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov to the Mediterranean. Many Western analysts are concerned that the Russian military, and especially the Russian Navy (RFN), is about to enter a period of expansion that could even portend a new arms race with the United States. [...]

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CNA; Harvard University