Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to bolstering its military prowess during the inauguration of two new nuclear submarines in the Far North on Monday, December 11.

The ceremonial event, held in Severodvinsk on the White Sea, marked the official unveiling of the “Krasnoyarsk” and “Emperor Alexander III” submarines after a six-year construction period.

Strategic Significance of New Submarines

Addressing navy officers, Putin emphasized the significance of these submarines, highlighting their role in fortifying Russia’s national security.

“With such ships and such weapons, Russia will feel that it is safe,” Putin stated while inspecting one of the submarines in the frozen Arctic waters.

The launch of these submarines coincides with Putin’s recent announcement of his intention to run for re-election in 2024, nearly two years into the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.