posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 09:37 PM
Win/RT, It’s my opinion the Russian’s can ill afford to make any serious effort in building a competitive WAR-time navy in Century 21. Russia
would be much better off double tracking and triple tracking the Trans Siberian RR than to waste money (in short supply) on a “high seas” fleet.
Their former German (Prussian) port on the Baltic, Kaliningrad, is itself “land locked.” You can’t get there from here. They must cross Belarus
or Ukraine to get there. The Germans learned in War 1 and War 2 they could not leave the Baltic for the Atlantic without the British knowing. Minsk
and Arch Angel may be open year around what with the on-set of global warming, but still, how far is it from those Arctic ports to Moscow, say?
Vladivostok in the Far East is out of it, really. If the Russians loose Chetznya they will have no direct access to the Black Sea, which is always so
easy to block at either Bosporus or the Dardanelles. Even that would get you only into the Mediterranean. Subject to the Suez or Gibraltar. No, Russia
is the largest LAND power in Eurasia. Yes. But no sea power. Not now, not ever. CHINA REPRESENTS AMERICA’S SEA CHALLENGE, OVER TAIWAN.