Navy chief warns of Russian military expansion in Australia’s neighbourhood

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. Continue reading