Russia is rapidly expanding its fleet and plans to add 26 new ships by the end of the year, announced President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.
The Russian leader emphasized the speed with which the new ships will be built during a Russian attack Navy Day Reception
"A good pace of retrofitting and modernization is a great merit of the people working in our shipbuilding sector Result of their professionalism and responsibility, "said Putin, the Russian news agency Tass reported The Russian Navy will receive 26 new warships, boats and ships, four of which are equipped with calibrated rockets," he explained.
Putin said that the expansion of the naval fleet would ensure "high combat readiness" and would increase the "fighting power of Russia" that country "continues to take action aimed at strengthening and developing the fleet to better equip it."
Last month, Admiral James Foggo, who commands the US Navy in Europe and Africa, warned that Moscow is expanding its submarine forces. Europe is increasingly demanding the supremacy of the US Navy more aggressively than ever since the Cold War. Some of Moscow's submarines have rockets that can hit any European capital, the admiral explained, adding that "it's important for us to have a sense of where these platforms are operating at any given time."
Foggo's comments followed shortly after the Russian state media reported that Moscow would add to its naval fleet a class of large amphibious assault ship, known as the Ivan Gren . The warship can carry 13 battle tanks or 36 armored personnel carriers and up to 300 marines. It also has two Kamov Ka-29 attack helicopters.
Russia has also recently tested "invincible" hypersonic missiles, and announced plans to test "finely tuned" and unlimited "nuclear-powered cruise missiles." In March Putin revealed the development of a number of new weapons that could "bypass" those of the US
Moscow's military development comes at a time of heightened tension with Europe, NATO and the US. The world has eyed Moscow's apparent ambitions to expand cautiously. especially since a 2014 decision to support separatist rebels in Ukraine and to mount the Crimean peninsula. Many European nations have expressed concern about a newly expansionist Russia.
While European countries have intensified military cooperation with Washington and NATO, Russia has repeatedly reacted with threats of retaliation. Just last week, the Russian Defense Minister said his country would "take action" to coordinate NATO's growing relations with Sweden and Finland.
Moscow threatened with "consequences" after Norway had announced in June that the presence of US troops would more than double its borders next year. Poland reported in May that Poland offered US $ 2 billion to permanently station troops on its territory. Russia warned that such a step "could lead to counteraction from its side".
However, Russia has a long history of carefully projected power, trying to destabilize its perceived enemies with stories of military capacity far surpassing reality.