- Yes, it is the biggest external threat to Russia’s security64.0% (1253)
- It is a threat to Russia, but not the major one16.4% (320)
- No, NATO is a force for good and poses no threat to Russia15.7% (307)
- Don’t know2.4% (47)
- Other1.5% (29)
Earlier media reports suggested that Russia's military doctrine could be updated to include the term "preemptive strike." However, provisions concerning the possibility of a nuclear strike remain largely similar to those outlined in the 2010 version.
“Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear weapons or any other types of weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies, as well as in the case of an attack with conventional weaponry that threatens the very existence of the state,” the doctrine says.
A high-ranking Russian Security Council official, who took part in drafting the new version of the doctrine, told RIA Novosti on December 10 that “the section concerning the use of nuclear weapons remains unchanged” in the draft.
“The prevention of a nuclear military conflict, as well as any other military conflict, constitutes the basis for Russia’s defense policy,” the doctrine reads.
The principle that Russia's nuclear arsenal is intended solely for deterrence has been at the core of the Russian military doctrine for years.
The update to the doctrine specified that NATO's military buildup and the US Prompt Global Strike program, which aims to develop the capability of striking anywhere in the world within one hour, as the new threats to Russia's security.