Russia’s threat perceptions in the Barents and Baltic Sea regions
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- IFS Insights 
• Russia has increased its security measures in the Barents and Baltic Sea regions in the past decade. However, the focus has mainly been on the Northern Fleet and its nuclear capabilities, a cornerstone of Russian strategic thinking. • Russia’s threat perception follows a traditional view of security which focuses on the protection of state security. • Whether Russia will maintain or even increase its military activity in the future depends highly on the country’s economic development.