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Russia amending national security strategy

Iran Press TV

Wed May 6, 2015 5:18AM

Russia is revising its national security strategy in a bid to better counter new threats and challenges in the region and across the world, a top Russian official says.

'In order to bring the fundamental principles of Russia's national security up to date, we have started work on the revision of key documents on strategic planning ," Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev wrote in an article published in Wednesday's issue of the country's Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

'First of all, it was necessitated by new emerging military threats,' Patrushev wrote, adding that their signs can be seen in the crises in Iraq , Syria and the situation in Ukraine.

He also noted that the amendment was a reaction to Western powers' rising military activities near the Russian borders which is growing more "aggressive."

The United States and NATO "are building up their offensive potential in the direct proximity to our borders and are actively deploying a global missile defense system,' the Russian military official said.

Last December, Russia approved an updated version of the country's military doctrine which considers NATO military buildup as a major foreign threat against its national security.

Russia has condemned NATO's exercises and military buildup toward its borders on numerous occasions.

Relations between Russia and the Western military alliance strained after Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea re-integrated into the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, 2014.

The US and its European allies accuse Moscow of destabilizing Ukraine and have imposed a number of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia figures. The Kremlin , however, rejects the accusation.


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