Via a series of articles following Russia’s invasion and occupation of parts of Georgia we look at the implications from both a naval and geo-political point of view.
The items include:
A CHILLY SUMMER
IN THE BLACK SEA
Mike Barlow, Iain Ballantyne & Devrim Yaylali report on the naval aspects of Russia’s war with Georgia and the resulting naval face-off with the West.
So, we ask, Why is the UK considering cutting the same expeditionary warfare skills?
THE VIEW FROM MOSCOW
A WORLD FOR THE TAKING
The men in the Kremlin have big plans, which they intend to realise. Mark Tray warns that the West should never underestimate the Russians.
RUSSIA’S GROWING NAVAL MIGHT
How the former-Soviet Navy is girding its loins and rising to the challenge of projecting power around the world.
UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT WANTS
RUSSIAN NAVY TO QUIT NOW
Mike Barlow considers the events of last month from the point of view of NATO aspirant, the Ukraine. Crucial to whether or not Russia and the Ukraine clash appears to be the future of the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet.
LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF THE BEAR
With Georgia invaded last month (August), there has been speculation that Moscow has its eyes on reclaiming parts, if not all of the Ukraine, plus possibly even forcing the Baltic States back under its suzerainty. Special Correspondent Guy Toremans kicks off a look at how the navy of the former Soviet republic of Latvia - now a member of both NATO and the European Union - has fared since breaking free of the Kremlin’s grasp. He tells the history of one of Europe’s smallest fleets and talks to the man in charge.
Pictured: The Russian Navy carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which was this summer ordered to the Mediterranean to face-off NATO naval forces following the East-West split caused by the war in Georgia.
Photo: US Navy.