TITLE

Securing the sea-lanes

AUTHOR(S)
Blanche, Ed
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Middle East;Aug/Sep2003, Issue 337, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Arabian Sea has become a dangerous arena for Asian conflicts that could threaten oil routes. With U.S. forces firmly established in Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Asia, and NATO moving ever eastwards towards Russia's western border, the Russian Navy and several of Moscow's strategic bombers were in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal recently for exercises with India's Navy. For the Russians, it was the largest naval deployment since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and although the maneuvers had been planned for some time, the presence of the warships in a region dominated by the U.S., as it grappled with a deteriorating post-war crisis in Iraq, seemed more than mere coincidence. These naval exercises underline how the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, key oil routes eastward from the Gulf region, are becoming an arena for potential confrontation between Asian rivals like Russia, China, India and Pakistan.
ACCESSION #
10572816

 

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