Russia ‘s new foreign policy doctrine has been approved by the country’s Security Council, following a teleconference meeting chaired by Vladimir Putin. The doctrine mentions “existential threats” to the country’s security and development from “unfriendly countries”.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the updated doctrine will detail how Russia can respond to unfriendly acts with symmetric and asymmetric measures. The new doctrine specifically mentions the US as the main promoter of the “anti-Russian line” on an international scale.
It also mentions the use of alternative energy sources, the strategic partnership with China and India, and the use of science and technology as key drivers of the country’s development.
Finally, the new doctrine also mentions Russia’s support for international efforts to resolve conflicts and promote diplomacy and dialogue.
The adoption of Russia‘s new foreign policy doctrine marks a shift in the country’s approach to international relations, with a focus on protecting the country’s interests and dealing with objections from Western countries. Although Russia states its desire for dialogue and cooperation with other countries, the reference to “unfriendly countries” and the recognition of China and India as Russia’s “strategic partners” can be interpreted as an attempt to strengthen the policy of distance from Western countries and increasing its influence in the Asian region.