What about the teeny tiny problem that the lider doesnt exist and will not exist for the next 2 decades or more if papadragon is to be believed?
This has nothing to do with PapaDragon, this is simple reality
Lider is still in design phase at best, design is not complete, not approved, money has not been allocated, contract has not been signed and construction has neither commenced nor completed
It will take at least two decades at best until all this happens and first ship is in the water
Lazarev exists. Lider doesn't. By the time lider exists it will still take more time than upgrading lazarev.
Lazarev is trashed and is slated for scrapping, government decided on this years ago
Lider will not be built for another two decades.
Neither will exist any time soon.
What they need to do build (and only thing they can) are Gorshkov series, only thing available for next two decades