"We used it before": in the USA they paid special attention to the Volga-Don Canal

The fact that the United States should turn its attention to the Sea of ​​Azov and the Volga-Don shipping canal, writes political scientist and retired US Army captain Luke Coffey. His article was published on the website of the Washington Institute of the Middle East (Middle East Institute).

The author emphasizes that after its annexation to Russia, the Crimean peninsula serves as a springboard for projecting military power in the widest range - from Georgia and Ukraine to Syria and Libya.

Also, the expert reminds overseas readers that there is also the Sea of ​​Azov, which attracts attention at once for several geopolitical reasons. First, it is vital for the economic and military well-being of Ukraine, part of the coast of which, including the port of Mariupol, is now locked up by Russia.

The Sea of ​​Azov is also of paramount importance for Russian access to Crimea and related logistics. It is with the help of cargo ships and a new bridge across the Kerch Strait that the peninsula is supplied with everything necessary under the conditions of the Ukrainian blockade.

The author also pointed out the strategic importance of the Volga-Don Canal, which connects the Caspian Sea with the Azov Sea. Russia used this shipping route to move warships between the Caspian and Azov Seas. The ability to move squadrons from the Caspian to the Black Sea (and vice versa) allows the Kremlin to project power in a given region of the world, giving the Russian authorities flexibility and freedom of maneuver in the event of crises.

Interestingly, the United States used to use the Volga-Don Canal. In the period from 2000 to 2003, the US Coast Guard transferred three boats to Azerbaijan. These ships proceeded from the US West Coast to Azerbaijan through the Black and Azov Seas to the Caspian through the Volga-Don Canal. It is obvious that such a feat would be impossible in the current geopolitical situation.

- notes the author.

It should be noted that this is not the first example of the suddenly awakened interest of overseas analysts in the distant Volga-Don channel. On August 6, 2020, a review article by Paul Goble was published on the Jamestown Foundation website, which collected critical assessments of the activities of the Russian authorities on this waterway. In particular, it was pointed out that the channel was very outdated, and "Moscow's inability to provide foreign funding for any project drives it into a dead end."

It is worth noting the fact that the Caspian Sea is the only large body of water of this magnitude and importance, which is not controlled by the US Navy in any way - for obvious geographical reasons.
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  1. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 3 October 2020 10: 50
    Yes, the amers have sadness. The Caspian Sea is an important region, but there is no way to bring ships there past Russia. And not only from Azov, but also from the White and Baltic Seas. And from the White and Baltic Seas - to Azov. After all, "Moskava is the port of five seas" (C). And ships built on the Volga and Kama rivers go through the Volga-Don. Yes, Comrade Stalin was concerned. Thanks to him.
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    2. orange Offline orange
      orange (ororpore) 3 October 2020 21: 11
      The eye sees, but the tooth does not. But alas, in connection with the shallowing of the Volga, the production of ships, including military and coastal sailing of dry cargo ships and river-sea tankers from the North to the South of Russia and vice versa, may stop and then non-Americans will complain, “We used to use it” , and Russia.

      1. Ibuprofen Offline Ibuprofen
        Ibuprofen (Novel) 3 October 2020 23: 48
        Where did you hear such nonsense about the "shallowing of the Volga"? The above photo does not count, this is a one-time extraordinary case.
  2. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 3 October 2020 14: 31
    We are waiting for the resolution of the Congress to transfer the Volga-Don Canal to American ownership.
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  4. volk.bosiy Offline volk.bosiy
    volk.bosiy (Volk Bosiy) 3 October 2020 22: 49
    here is a disgusting people ... already put their eyes on the channel ...
  5. DeGreen Offline DeGreen
    DeGreen 4 October 2020 20: 24
    Poor poor Americans. Close elbow, not bite
  6. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
    Pishenkov (Alexey) 5 October 2020 16: 20
    ... it is necessary that S.K. Against this background, Shoigu was sharply concerned about the state of the St. Lawrence River ... Suddenly, we will need it, if that ... wink It is necessary to write an article on this topic, see which ships of the Russian Navy are suitable for passage, etc. laughing Or maybe everything is running there too without Russian investments? ... Let the Americans get nervous laughing
    For those with poor geography, this river connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes between the United States and Canada. Well, a similar situation with Volgo-Don ...
  7. assault 2019 Offline assault 2019
    assault 2019 (assault 2019) 6 October 2020 01: 31
    And why shouldn't Russia ask a question about the deployment of the Buyan-M MRK brigade in the Great Lakes of the USA and Canada ...