After AUKUS, Russia sees a potential threat – and an opportunity to market its own submarines

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The global opinions on the new AUKUS security pact between Australia, the US and the UK have been decidedly mixed. China and France immediately blasted the deal, while others, such as Japan and the Philippines, were more welcoming. Russia, one of the other few nations armed with nuclear-powered submarines, was more low-key and cautious in its initial reaction. The Kremlin limited its official commentary to a carefully crafted statement that said, "Before forming a position, we must understand the goals, objectives, means. These questions need to be answered first. There is little information so far." Some Russian diplomatic officials joined their Chinese counterparts in expressing their concerns that Australia's development of nuclear-powered submarines (with American and British help) would undermine the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and "speed up an arms race" in the region. They suggested the construction of the nuclear submarine fleet would need to be overseen by
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