""Under Putin, Russia is re-inventing /revisiting both its imperial and communist past"
So they're might sail past Gibralter (UK colony) Melihah (Spanish colony)
Malta (ex British colony), Cyprus (still a British base) possibly via Egypt (another ex British "protectorate") and Aden (least said ...) and Oman (just about independent from the UK) to the straights of Hormuz
Just WHO are the imperialists on this route James???