GarryB wrote:they will not become Nimitz type strike carriers... Russia simply has no use for such vessels.
Nimitz are not strike carriers. They are just aircraft carriers with a wide range of capabilities on behalf of their air groups. Aerial dominance, nuclear strike, ASW, EW, AEW&C, etc. You're thinking of commando carriers like good old HMS Hermes or Wasp and Tarawa class of amphib assault carriers.
GarryB wrote:Let you in on a secret... they are both colonial powers with very specific needs.
Russia was/is a colonial power as well, just not a major naval colonial power like the other two.