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Indian Express: Russia would like to establish a military base in the Indian Ocean

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The Indian media decided to discuss the military presence of Russia in various regions in the world. One of the main topics for discussion is Russia's activity in South Asia and in Africa.


In the Indian edition of The Indian Express, an article was published by the chief editor of the publication on foreign policy, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore, Raja Mohan. In his article, Mohan writes that Russia for several decades was not actually perceived as a geopolitical player in the macro-region of the Indian Ocean. Now, as the author of the material notes, Russian warships call at the ports of Sri Lanka, strategic bombers of the Russian aerospace forces land at the airfields of the Republic of South Africa, and the Russian armed forces conduct joint exercises for the first time with the Chinese and South African military at Cape Good Hope.

From the article:

Russia joins a big battle in the Indian Ocean region. And recent events show Moscow's growing interest in this region. By and large, Russia is demonstrating its return to the Indian Ocean. And this should be considered as part of the RF strategy in Africa and the Middle East.

The author writes that at one time the Soviet Union showed activity in the region, but after its collapse, "the trajectory of Moscow in this direction was disrupted."

Raj Mohan writes that Russia is the largest continental power, which still has problems with access to the sea. This, according to Mohan, makes Russia vulnerable in some ways to geopolitical opponents.

Mohan:

The non-freezing Arctic will provide Russia with new opportunities, but most of them are for the long term. Russia is also limited by its modest economic resources. China, Japan, Europe and the United States carry much more economic weight in the region. The Indian Ocean, of course, is not one of Moscow's priority maritime priorities. But Vladimir Putin has already demonstrated will and insight. He understands that Russia will not be able to dominate in the Indian Ocean, but at the same time he is able to influence strategic processes here. An example of such influence (in another region) is Syria. Now, Mozambique and other countries of the region on the territory of the African continent are showing interest in helping Russia.

The author notes that Russia would like to establish a naval base in the Indian Ocean. The author does not express assumptions about exactly where Russia "could create a military base".

According to Mohan, Russia shows growing authority, as it declares the principle of non-interference of foreign states in the internal affairs of other countries. It is added that Russian companies offer favorable terms as part of energy projects.

At the end of the article, the author summarizes, noting that intensive dialogue with Moscow is extremely important for New Delhi, including for building cooperation along the Indian Ocean-China Region line, given that India considers China one of its main geopolitical rivals.

Recall that a few days ago the commander of the US Pacific Naval Command said that India needs to focus solely on US contacts, and then it "will be able to confront China."
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  1. Far B
    Far B 29 November 2019 06: 51
    +3
    Russia would like to create a military base in the Indian Ocean
    "So let's drink for the fact that our desires have always coincided with the beggars!" (from)
    Raj Mohan personally sat under the table, eavesdropping, when Russia thought about it out loud? How am I touched by such authors who pretend to be true ...
    1. den3080
      den3080 29 November 2019 07: 08
      +2
      But I think: why Mauritius Chagos archipelago ??
      And these are all the plans of the darkest !!
      wink
    2. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 29 November 2019 07: 13
      -1
      Article advertising brochure? "Take me please! ... Well, take me! ..."
      Just like Elena Sparrow)))
      1. Aerodrome
        Aerodrome 29 November 2019 07: 34
        0
        Raj Mohan writes that Russia is the largest continental power, which still has problems with access to the sea. This, according to Mohan, makes Russia vulnerable in some ways to geopolitical opponents.
        and in some ways, invulnerable. yes
      2. bessmertniy
        bessmertniy 29 November 2019 07: 36
        0
        Well, it’s just painful for this Mohan to disappoint that bases on Indian territory are not interested in Russia. There are more attractive states in this regard. wink
    3. Civil
      Civil 29 November 2019 07: 40
      +2
      Hindus, for that matter, could provide a piece of the port free of charge. And then the money is tight now.
    4. Bar2
      Bar2 29 November 2019 08: 14
      +5
      in the Indian Ocean region, Russia has no interests, except to be present as a great state. But Russia has no fleet, what is there to present? Submarines are not for showing to the whole world. It is necessary to make new destroyers, then take place there.
      1. Vladimir16
        Vladimir16 29 November 2019 09: 28
        +3
        Quote: Bar2
        Russia has no interests in the Indian Ocean region

        About how!
        Are you my friend? Is the king back? Is the king here with us? laughing

        If you, Bar2, have no interests in the Indian Ocean, this does not mean at all that our State has no interests.

        For example, a person with the patronymic "Wolf" wants to wash his boots without fail in the Indian Ocean. laughing

        Here is another Vladimir will not let lie

        Quote: Uncle Lee
        And where is Vladimir Volfovich
        washes his boots ...
  2. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 29 November 2019 06: 55
    +3
    Russia is demonstrating its return to the Indian Ocean.
    And where is Vladimir Volfovich
    washes his boots ... lol
  3. Yngvar
    Yngvar 29 November 2019 06: 56
    +3
    I don’t know if Russia wants to establish bases in the Indian Ocean, but the ocean fleet needs to be restored!
    1. Greenwood
      Greenwood 29 November 2019 07: 45
      -2
      What kind of shisha?
  4. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 29 November 2019 06: 56
    +1
    The Ocean is great. And in each of its "nooks" it is necessary to have the Russian Navy? Although the main transport routes and it would be nice to "visit" ... You never know ... laughing
    1. Brturin
      Brturin 29 November 2019 14: 02
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Although the main transport routes and it would be nice to "visit" ... You never know ...

      You never know what, with Suez ... we’ll resume the project of the canal from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf
  5. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 29 November 2019 06: 56
    +2
    I read somewhere that the joint was called the "Indian express" ...)))
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 29 November 2019 07: 35
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      I read somewhere that the joint was called the "Indian express" ...)))

      naughty ...
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 29 November 2019 08: 06
        +1
        I also read that there are jabs, hooks and apercuts, but that didn’t make me a boxer. )))
  6. sergo1914
    sergo1914 29 November 2019 06: 58
    0
    Hmm ... I understand that the population of Diego Garcia or Sri Lanka thought about returning to their home harbor? And what do the daughters of the islanders officers say?
    1. den3080
      den3080 29 November 2019 07: 12
      0
      Quote: sergo1914
      Hmm ... I understand that the population of Diego Garcia or Sri Lanka thought about returning to their home harbor? And what do the daughters of the islanders officers say?

      Well, Russia, from the point of view of territories, does not play in a small way.
      So Madagascar !! Not less!! smile
      let the Anglo-Saxons remain on Chagos and Diego Garcia, enough for half-bombs ...
      if cho ...
      In what centuries did Vaska Dagamov swim nearby? AND??
      Here :))
      1. Aerodrome
        Aerodrome 29 November 2019 07: 37
        +1
        Quote: den3080
        In what centuries did Vaska Dagamov swim nearby? AND??
        Here :))

        some people think that it was Vaso Dagamoshvili, others say that Dagamovyan ... yes
        1. den3080
          den3080 29 November 2019 08: 32
          +1
          Quote: Aerodrome
          Quote: den3080
          In what centuries did Vaska Dagamov swim nearby? AND??
          Here :))

          some people think that it was Vaso Dagamoshvili, others say that Dagamovyan ... yes

          and some people know Svidomo :)) this is Vasyl Dagamenko from near Lviv, from Gamalievka :))
  7. Valery Valery
    Valery Valery 29 November 2019 06: 59
    +1
    Information warfare, however!
  8. Herman 4223
    Herman 4223 29 November 2019 07: 21
    +1
    The base is certainly good, but then you need to restore the ocean fleet. Otherwise, what is there to base? And yes, the region is interesting. There are many trading sea routes, Saudi Arabia drives oil through this ocean. In which case, some of the economic oxygen in the region can be shut off.
  9. rocket757
    rocket757 29 November 2019 07: 57
    0
    Indian Express: Russia would like to establish a military base in the Indian Ocean

    Maintenance points of their own or in the ports of friendly countries, partners, should have, so that the fleet could always take the opportunity of those services, recreation, replenishment.
    This is logical, this is normal, it is necessary!
  10. Paul Siebert
    Paul Siebert 29 November 2019 11: 31
    +2
    The Indian Ocean is the only one located only in our eastern hemisphere.
    Connects three continents - Africa, Asia and Australia.
    The one who controls the Indian Ocean controls half the globe.
    And in this half America is not located, it is in the other hemisphere.
    We definitely need bases in the Indian Ocean.
  11. Starper-xnumx
    Starper-xnumx 29 November 2019 16: 56
    +1
    I would say so under the article, such plans exist and are being developed, but so far this is in the future .. Now there are very serious threats to Russia external (to close the borders and the sky from the invasion) Well, the most serious threat is we ourselves, this is where everything is more complicated . hi
    Who is to blame and what to do ? Our Dostoevsky’s everything is well described, etc. So we’ll not be dead alive men drinks