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Jan 17, 2022
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The Japanese were invited to the latest Russian nuclear submarine

From the base of the Pacific Fleet in Kamchatka in the village of Rybachy

Recently, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Russian Armed Forces have become accustomed to inviting representatives of foreign media to large-scale military exercises and other significant events so that their coverage abroad is as reliable as possible. And I noticed that if you don’t show some things yourself, others will do it. “And there will be a completely different direction, a completely different amount of information, directed, as a rule, in a negative direction”, the minister said.

One can agree with this, but, frankly, I was surprised to learn from the Japanese media that journalists from the Land of the Rising Sun, the closest military ally of the United States, were invited to the holy of holies of our country’s nuclear missile shield – to the latest nuclear submarine with ballistic missiles. missiles on board.

Yushi Koyanagi, a correspondent for one of Japan’s central newspapers, the Tyunichi Shimbun, who was among the Japanese journalists who visited the Borey-class submarine, defines the plan of the Russian leadership that organized the unusual visit as follows: “Russia is urgently deploying nuclear warheads in the Asia-Pacific region. It has deployed two new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to the Far East, pointing to devastating retribution if nuclear war breaks out between conflicting nations. Last October, the Russian Ministry of Defense invited me on a military tour of the Far East. The culmination of the tour was the submarine base of the Pacific Fleet on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the village of Rybachy.

They organized a tour of the nuclear submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” for us. This is the newest Russian nuclear submarine of project 955 Borey. There were 16 rocket launchers under our feet. Each missile is armed with six nuclear warheads, and according to University of Tokyo professor and military expert Yu Koizumi, one Borei-class submarine is capable of destroying dozens of cities., says Koyanagi.

“Two more advanced submarines of the Borey project will soon arrive in Rybachy”, – Rear Admiral Arkady Navarsky, Chief of Staff of the Command of the Submarine Forces of the Pacific Fleet, told the Japanese previously strictly secret information. “SSBMs are one of the three pillars of nuclear strategy, along with land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and strategic bombers”, – the author of the report explains to Japanese readers. And he reports that, according to Navarsky, the submarine of the Borey project can autonomously perform operations for more than 90 days. He also confidently told the Russian TV channel RTthat the enemy’s missile defense will not save from the missiles that these submarines are equipped with.

Trying to analyze the situation and a researcher at the Japanese National Institute for Defense Research Hiroyuki Hasegawa, whose opinion is given in the article. He believes that the increase in the number of nuclear submarines in the Asia-Pacific region is part of the diplomatic “Russia’s shift to the East”. Using Japanese rhetoric, Hasegawa states: “In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, which belongs to Ukraine, which is increasingly oriented towards the West, and relations with Western countries have seriously deteriorated. This led to an increase in nuclear deterrence.”.

The author of the article in the “Tunity Shimbun” cannot help but admit that the collective West, led by the United States, itself provokes the need for Russia to strengthen its defense capability along the entire perimeter of its borders, in the face of Western sanctions, to expand ties with Asian countries. At the same time, Moscow cannot be indifferent to the military situation in the Asia-Pacific region, where, according to the Japanese newspaper, “conflict between the US and China is growing”.

And here we have to agree with Koyanagi. Indeed, Moscow cannot but react to Washington’s attempts to cobble together an “Eastern NATO” in the Asia-Pacific region. “Last September, the US, UK and Australia created AUKUS, a security cooperation framework. Australia intends to build nuclear submarines. Russia is increasingly annoyed by the appearance of Great Britain in the Asia-Pacific region, with which it has historically had rival relations., – states the author of the article.

A Japanese newspaper warns that Russia will stop threats from the United States and its allies emerging in its Far East. She cites the words of V. Putin, spoken by him in December last year during the solemn launching of nuclear submarines, the location of which was determined to be Kamchatka. Very soon, both nuclear submarines will replenish the Pacific Fleet, significantly increase its combat potential, and will ensure Russia’s security and reliable protection of its interests in the World Ocean, Putin said at the time. At the same time, Sevmash will build and hand over to the fleet five more Boreev-A and six Ash-M. “We will increase the pace of renewal of the Navy, build modern surface and submarine ships of various designs and classes, simultaneously develop coastal infrastructure and, of course, strengthen social guarantees for military personnel, increase the prestige of military professions”, the president assured.

Noting the unprecedented nature of the visit by foreign correspondents to the Russian submarine, Japanese military expert Yu Koizumi believes that Moscow’s goal “carry out propaganda in accordance with the international situation”, because “nuclear deterrence is achieved by intimidating the enemy, and instead of keeping everything a secret, it is more effective to reveal a certain piece of information.” “Including the Cold War period, Pacific Fleet ballistic missiles were intended for use against the United States. Recently, international relations have revolved around the conflict between the US and China, and Russia’s influence has diminished. The display of nuclear submarines, apparently, was intended to demonstrate the military presence of Russia as a nuclear power., – a Japanese expert assesses the openness of the Russian authorities.

It is interesting that the Chinese media are also participating in such a demonstration of Russian military power. For example, China’s Baijiahao recently warned Japan that its military build-up, extending the range of Japanese missiles to 1,000 km, coupled with calls from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to urgently “solve the problem of the northern territories”, that is, to annex the Russian Kuril Islands, may cause a “nightmare” response from Russia for Japan.

“For Russia, a really critical moment has come, on the one hand, it sorts things out with the United States, on the other hand, it must not forget about Japan … The Russian Federation will only take a few minutes to defeat Japan. Missiles will turn Japan into ruins in a few minutes., writes the Chinese edition.

And although there is sometimes too much alarmism in the discussions about a possible military clash between Japan and Russia over the Kuril Islands, Tokyo should understand that the peaceful Russian ultimatum to the collective West (do not be embarrassed by this word), demanding guarantees of the security of our country, extends to the intent to be reborn as a “great military power” the Land of the Rising Sun.

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