Russia’s revised military doctrine cites NATO military buildup as major threat

Sputnik News reports on Dec. 26, 2014:

President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated version of Russia’s military doctrine, which highlights expansion of NATO’s military capabilities among main threats to national security, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday.

“Despite a decreased likelihood of a large-scale war against Russia, some security threats continue to grow,” the revised doctrine says.

According to the text of the revised doctrine, “NATO’s military buildup” and the bloc’s expansion toward the Russian borders are among the main external threats to Russia’s security.

Other external threats include the development and deployment of strategic missile defense systems, the implementation of the ‘global strike’ doctrine, plans to place weapons in space as well as the deployment of high-precision conventional weapons systems.

The doctrine also identifies the main internal threats as being activities aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country, terrorist activities to harm the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia, as well as actions involving anti-Russian and anti-patriotic propaganda.

Russia’s military doctrine remains purely defensive in nature, the document emphasizes.

Russia’s revised military doctrine for the first time ever named the protection of national interests in the Arctic among the main priorities for its armed forces in times of peace.

The updated section about main objectives for the armed forces and other defense bodies in peaceful time now includes “the protection of national interests of the Russian Federation in the Arctic.”

Discussions on protecting national interests in the Arctic have arisen in Russia as the region, which is believed to have vast untapped reserves of oil and gas, has been the focus of much attention in four other countries bordering the area: the United States, Canada, Norway, and Denmark.

Earlier in December, President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia was not planning to militarize the Arctic, but was taking the necessary measures to ensure its defense capability in the region.

In April, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would build a unified network of military facilities in its Arctic territories to host troops, advanced warships and aircraft, as part of a plan to boost the defense of national interests and borders in the region.

The revised military doctrine replaces the previous 2010 version. Overall, the 2014 military doctrine is the fourth version, following doctrines released in 1993, 2000 and 2010 doctrines.

The recent actions taken by NATO following Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March, namely boosting its military presence in Poland and in the former Soviet Baltic republics of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, have aroused dissatisfaction in Russia.

In April, the alliance ceased all practical cooperation with Russia, limiting contact to ambassadorial and higher levels. And the country’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov repeatedly described NATO expansion as a mistake that undermines European stability.

H/t Global Security

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2 responses to “Russia’s revised military doctrine cites NATO military buildup as major threat

  1. Russian paranoia is deeply entrenched in the cultural consciousness for very good historical reasons. In the past thousand years, under Czarist, Communist and the current Fascist regime, Russia has been invaded by Viking, Polish, Swedish, French, British, Finnish, Mongol, German, Italian, Hungarian, Romanian, Chinese and American military forces. They have also fought wars with Japan, Bulgaria, Turkey and Afghanistan, among others. Not to mention revolts in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Chechnya and Dagestan. They believe the rest of Eurasia hates them and wants to see them destroyed. This is a basically accurate assessment of the situation,.

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  2. Russia’s latest expression of its overall military posture is neither unexpected nor particularly threatening. Moscow’s concern with the presence of NATO forces in the Baltic Republics comes as no surprise (it was expected when NATO made its first arrangements with Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.). In turn, Moscow’s preoccupation with the Arctic may, in fact, work to the advantage of the West. In order to establish, foster, and sustain the requisite military capabilities there, Moscow must maintain secure hold on its territories in the Russian Far East. That, in principle, precludes any Chinese moves into Far Eastern territories it claims (having lost them through “unequal” treaties). Russia will probably continue to attempt to make inroads into the “near afar” (those regions that separated themselves from Russia with the collapse of the Soviet Union), but that will not change the configuration of forces in any significant fashion. In effect, what the new expression of Russian military doctrine elicits is a review of our foreign policy strategies — something that is needed in any case.

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