Why does Russia keep a navy in the Caspian? ("The Bug Pit" USA)

Why does Russia keep a navy in the Caspian? ("The Bug Pit" USA)According to the Russian military expert, Russia should liquidate its Caspian flotilla, since there is no practical sense in the military presence in the Caspian, and the funds allocated for its maintenance could be used with greater profit for other purposes. In an article in the Slavic Military Studies journal (which can be found on a paid basis), Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of Moscow Defense Brief magazine, argues that Russia needs to completely rethink the structure of its navy. And that means getting rid of the Caspian flotilla, he writes:


“Currently, the existence of the Caspian flotilla makes no practical sense due to the weak naval forces of all the other littoral states and the absence of real combat missions that the flotilla could carry out. If necessary, Russia can transfer necessary forces and assets from the other three fleets to the Caspian, based on the European part of the country, or involve border troops and Aviation".

Russia can ship vessels of a corresponding displacement from the Black Sea along the Volga-Don Canal. The Black Sea Fleet Drums recommends saving. He motivates this by the possibility of Russia entering into conflict with the United States or its Western partners, as well as with the anti-Russian governments of the former Soviet republics. Such a development can be imagined in the Black Sea region (of course, with the participation of Georgia, but, possibly, of Ukraine), but not in the Caspian Sea.

I asked Dmitry Gorenburg (Dmitry Gorenburg), a professor at Harvard University and the director of the Association of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), about this idea about the Caspian Sea, and he did not agree with Barabanov:

“I don’t think that the Caspian flotilla can be critical to the security of the Russian Federation in the traditional sense. No one is going to attack Russia across the Caspian. However, the flotilla can play an important role in preventing transnational threats to security. In the Caspian Sea these include trafficking weapons and drugs, as well as the possibility of sabotage on energy facilities on the shelf. If the flotilla is tasked with preventing such threats, this will be a major contribution to security in the Caspian region.

As for traditional combat missions, the only such task, from my point of view, may be rendering assistance to Azerbaijan in the event of a conflict with Iran in connection with an unresolved dispute over sea borders. But this scenario seems relatively unlikely. "

Russia announced it had plans to build up its Caspian flotilla. But it seems that these plans are inferior in priority to the tasks set in relation to other naval forces. So in a situation of limited resources, as well as in the event that Barabanov's point of view has spread in the naval circles of the Russian Federation, the Caspian flotilla may continue to remain in a state of stagnation, as it has been for the past two decades.
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  1. svvaulsh
    svvaulsh 30 August 2011 10: 48 New
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    Yeah, the Swiss guards in the Vatican also have no practical meaning. In general, the American professor was smarter than our military expert.
    1. esaul 31 August 2011 08: 42 New
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      What kind of expert is he in FIG? The mongrel paid by pindostan!
  2. Rashid 30 August 2011 10: 57 New
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    Why does Russia need armed forces at all? Nobody is going to attack us, as liberal ideologists present us with friends around us who are sleeping and seeing how to make Russia strong and prosperous. And here we are talking about some kind of Caspian flotilla there. Of course, we must disperse it, as well as the Black Sea Fleet and everything else.
    1. mishok
      mishok 30 August 2011 13: 47 New
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      chief editor of Mo magazine
      scow Defense Brief Mikhail Barabanov claims
      By the way, I’m a little bit crazy too angry
      1. PSih2097 30 August 2011 15: 02 New
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        The Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies was created in April 1997 by graduates of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an autonomous non-profit non-governmental and independent research and information-publishing organization.

        Since April 1997, the AST Center has been publishing the first and only magazine in Russia on arms trade and the military-industrial complex Export of Arms.

        Since 2004, AST Center has been publishing the English-language magazine "Moscow Defense Brief".

        Here is their website: http://www.cast.ru/
        1. oper66
          oper66 30 August 2011 16: 04 New
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          So he answered to whose money he exists, there is not a government but also non-profit
  3. voin-xnumx
    voin-xnumx 30 August 2011 11: 45 New
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    The question is what kind of Russian military expert is voicing such senile opinions. Let him look for meaning in his mission as an expert, or just muddy the water probing the soil on this issue.
  4. krymskij 30 August 2011 14: 55 New
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    some kind. Then we don’t need the Baltic Fleet either, there are friends of the Democrats around (especially the Baltic states with the Poles smile ) By the way, why is the journal an “import” name? Is his editorial office not in Brussels?
  5. Astral
    Astral 30 August 2011 15: 08 New
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    Yes, he feeds Pindosovsky, like those who destroyed the USSR.
  6. Ivan35
    Ivan35 30 August 2011 15: 43 New
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    The article convinces us that we do not need the Caspian fleet - and if it is needed, it is against Iran - (that is, we and the pendos together)

    In fact - this fleet is needed, of course - while the pendos themselves create threats - they support anti-Russian tendencies in the Caucasus, patronize Azerbaijan - they try to make this former fraternal union republic a conductor of its influence in the Caspian

    In the event of an unexpected pendos attack on Iran - the Caspian Sea will instantly turn into a hot spot and a front-line sea - I am afraid then it will be too late to create a flotilla, forces may be needed - but there will be none. Therefore, Russia is building up both its own and its allies forces in the Caspian. They are few there - therefore, these costs are uncritical in the scale of all costs for the fleet

    And so what I would never do is to quarrel with a friendly Iran for the sake of pendos
    1. oper66
      oper66 30 August 2011 16: 05 New
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      and the pendos declared the Caspian a zone of their strategic interests
    2. zczczc
      zczczc 30 August 2011 17: 34 New
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      Yeah, because we ourselves are fools, we don’t know where and why we go by sea.
  7. Banshee 30 August 2011 16: 11 New
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    We, too ... And, much earlier Pindos.
    1. PSih2097 30 August 2011 16: 22 New
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      And they are not interested.
  8. kazanskii
    kazanskii 30 August 2011 19: 10 New
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    First Caspian Flotilla? And then what? Let’s start the okrug under the knife? There’s an open collapse of the army. Of course, there are only “friends” around.
  9. kagorta 30 August 2011 21: 32 New
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    Pindos, well done, he immediately remembered the drugs (Noriega also sewed drugs in Panama). So I represent a couple of divisions (fie brigades) of the Airborne Forces, marines and the Caspian flotilla (if you stay) and the slow-moving ruler of the country of the Caspian region (fie drug defense of the Caspian region). And in the worst case, we’ll put the RTOs on Volgodon to harness the Black Sea Fleet.
  10. Konstantm 30 August 2011 22: 25 New
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    editor-in-chief of Moscow Defense Brief magazine Mikhail Barabanov- A new genius or a fucking prophet?
    1. svvaulsh
      svvaulsh 31 August 2011 18: 57 New
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      Well, the surname is not just so!
  11. Max79 30 August 2011 23: 55 New
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    And let's sell and re-sell everything on x..r ?! No one is attacking us yet! It seems that this expert is generously receiving loot from Western structures!
    Do not be fooled by some ....
    1. esaul 31 August 2011 08: 47 New
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      Max, not dust. Sosh, not one of the guys was addicted. So, here we have everything - get hurt!
  12. merkawa
    merkawa 31 August 2011 00: 02 New
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    We found someone to listen to, an "independent expert" - it’s straightforward a solid jerk.