Russia wants to be a power to be reckoned with in the Indian Ocean

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Dr Alexey Muraviev
The Interpreter

No public strategy is defined, but a list of Moscow’s military and paramilitary activity in the region is revealing.

February this year was marked by a heightened Russian naval activity in the Indian Ocean. Russian naval task groups drawn from the Baltic and Black Sea fleets took part in two international naval exercises – one with Iran and another as part of Pakistan-led multilateral exercise AMAN 21. Russia’s military presence in the region will soon include a permanent naval replenishment facility as it seeks to promote itself as an alternative source of influence to other global powers, such as the United States and China.

The National Security College (NSC), with the support of the Department of Defence, is leading a two-year research project on Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy in the Indian Ocean. As a part of this project, this paper analyses Russia’s strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean. This paper first appeared on the Lowy Institute’s ‘The Interpreter’ on 15 March 2021.


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