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  Vladimir Putin: US a threat to Russia

Vladimir Putin: US a threat to Russia

REUTERS | VLADIMIR SOLDATKIN
Published : Jan 3, 2016, 5:57 am IST
Updated : Jan 3, 2016, 5:57 am IST

Strategy document signed by Prez also sees expansion of Nato as threat

Vladimir Putin
 Vladimir Putin

Strategy document signed by Prez also sees expansion of Nato as threat

A new appraisal named the United States as one of the threats to Russia’s national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the West have deteriorated in recent years.

 

The document, About the Strategy of National Security of the Russian Federation, was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year’s Eve. It replaced a 2009 version, endorsed by then-President Dmitry Medvedev, the current Prime Minister, which mentioned neither the United States nor Nato.

It said Russia has managed to heighten its role in solving global problems and international conflicts. That heightened role has caused a reaction by the West, it added.

“The strengthening of Russia happens against the background of new threats to national security, which has a complex and interrelated nature,” the document said.

Carrying out an independent policy, “both internationally and domestically” has caused “counteraction from the USA and its allies, which are striving to retain their dominance in global affairs.”

 

That in turn is likely to lead to “political, economical, military and informational pressure” on Russia, the document says.

Relations between Russia and the West reached a low ebb after Russian forces annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014, after protests in Ukraine forced its pro-Moscow President to flee to Russia.

Since then, the West has accused Russia of aiding insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies actively assisting the rebels.

The US and the EU have since imposed wide-ranging sanctions against Russian individuals and companies. Moscow has reacted by restricting the import of food and other goods from the EU.

The document says that the United States and the EU have supported an “anti-Constitutional coup d’etat in Ukraine”, which led to a deep divide in Ukrainian society and a military conflict.

 

It also names the expansion of Nato as a threat to Russia’s national security and said that the United States has expanded its network of biological laboratories in countries neighbouring Russia.

The document, which serves as a basis for planning strategy related to national security by different state bodies, does not mention Syria.

Location: Russian Federation, Moscow (City), Moscow