Russia deploys warship on our doorstep

RUSSIA is deploying a warship to Australia’s doorstep for the first time ever this week.

According to Russia’s state media, a 7000-tonne Perekop training ship loaded with weapons will arrive in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday.

“The Perekop training ship will make a historic business port call in Port Moresby. This will be the first port call by a Russian military ship in the history of Russian-Papua New Guinean relations,” said Russia’s Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo.

He said the voyage was part of a two-month long mission that included stopovers in Europe and Sri Lanka.

Dr Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at ASPI, noted that while the training ship itself did not pose a threat to Australia, it symbolised the wider problem of authoritarian powers encroaching on the Pacific.

“It reinforces Russia’s continuing interest in the Pacific, alongside China, and it’s something that Australia needs to be increasingly focused on,” he tol…

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