A new naval policy that names the United States as Russia's main international foe was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. During an event in St. Petersburg to commemorate Russia's Navy Day, Putin signed the 55-page document. In a speech, the Russian president declared that one of his country's main objectives was to oppose the United States.
"The strategic policy of the USA to dominate the world's oceans" threatens Russia, according to Putin.
But Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine was not mentioned in his speech. He continued by asserting that many vessels would soon be armed with hypersonic missiles.
"The key thing here is the capability of the Russian navy," Putin added. "It is able to respond with lightning speed to all who decides to infringe on our sovereignty and freedom."
A few months after Sweden and Finland formally joined NATO, Putin listed NATO expansion as one of the biggest threats to Russia. Finland and Russia are bordered by each other by 800 miles, greatly increasing the likelihood of conflicts between NATO and Russia.
Putin's speech was delivered on the same day as a drone strike on the Russian Black Sea Fleet's command center on Sunday. According to Russian officials, at least six individuals were hurt in the attack, which involved a drone dropping an unidentified explosive device. It's unclear who carried out the attack.