Australia’s Navy chief has warned that Russia’s military will “significantly” increase its influence in this region over the next few years, as former Soviet figures in Moscow try to re-establish the nation’s once-powerful Cold War position.
In a wide-ranging address to the Lowy Institute, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett reflected on the Russian Navy’s deployment of four warships near Australia last year, ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane.
“I think there was a message. Clearly that message from a purely naval perspective would be a demonstration that the Russian Navy can still deploy, can still sustain itself on deployment, and still has reach,” Admiral Barrett said.
“I think there’s a clear demonstration that the Soviets of the past still have a view, amongst those in Russia, that would indicate that Russia still has a position in the world that they would seek to re-establish.
“From our own perspective we will see more engagement with the Russians in our part of the world.
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