An updated version of the Russian military doctrine was adopted on December 26, 2014. It lists NATO's military buildup and the bloc's expansion toward the Russian borders as one of the main external threats to state security. Other external threats listed in the revised doctrine 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. At the same time, the document emphasizes that Russia's military doctrine remains purely defensive in nature.
Russia is revising its current national security strategy and information security doctrine to reflect recent trends in the geopolitical situation, Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said.
The White House is considering Russia's revised military doctrine to prevent conflict by working together on international problems, and on issues of mutual concern, such as countering violent extremism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
NATO will continue to seek a constructive relationship with Russia, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu stressed, commenting on Russia's revised military doctrine that lists the alliance's military buildup as a major threat to the country's national security..
Russia considers the prevention of a nuclear war as the top priority for the national defense policy, the updated military doctrine reads.
Russian President Putin said at a meeting with the top military brass in Moscow that Russia's military doctrine, which has an absolutely defensive nature, remains unchanged.