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Putin Approves New Russian National Security Strategy

July 4, 2021 (EIRNS)—The Kremlin website reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Russia’s new national security strategy on July 2. “The Strategy is the basic strategic planning document, which identifies national interests and strategic national priorities of the Russian Federation, objectives and tasks of state policy on ensuring national security and sustainable development of the Russian Federation in the long term,” it said, according to press accounts.

TASS reported that the document was posted on a government portal and quotes Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev telling government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview that the new strategy is the result of a requirement to update it every six years.

“The implementation of this strategy will contribute to protecting Russia’s people, developing human potential, improving the quality of citizens’ life and their prosperity, strengthening the country’s defense capacity, the unity of cohesion of Russian society, achieving national development goals, increasing the competitiveness and international prestige of the Russian Federation,”

TASS quotes the document as reading.

“The United States is pursuing a consistent policy of abandoning international obligations in the field of arms control against the backdrop of developing the potential for the global missile defense system,” the document reads further. It declared that the planned deployment of U.S. intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region posed a threat to strategic stability and international security.

“Tensions continue to escalate in conflict zones in the post-Soviet space, in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and on the Korean Peninsula. The weakening of the global and regional security systems creates conditions for the spread of international terrorism and extremism,” the document stated.

According to The Associated Press, the document envisages “symmetrical and asymmetrical measures” in response to foreign states’ ”unfriendly actions that threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Russia. AP quotes the document saying that “actions of some countries are aimed at instigating disintegration processes in the Commonwealth of Independent States in order to destroy Russia’s ties with its traditional allies,” and claimed (this is AP’s spin on it) that “a number of states call Russia a threat and even a military adversary.” Naturally, there’s no honest attempt by AP to discover why the document says what it says.

Russia remains committed to using political and diplomatic means to resolve international and national conflicts, the document read. At the same time, Moscow “considers it legitimate to take symmetrical and asymmetric measures” to thwart and prevent “unfriendly actions” by foreign states that “threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.”

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