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Vladimir Putin signs military doctrine naming NATO as top threat

NATO accuses Russia of undermining European security

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

MOSCOW — Russia named NATO’s military buildup near its border as the main military threat and raised the possibility of using precision conventional weapons as a “strategic deterrent,” according to the nation’s new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin Friday.

NATO flatly denied it was a threat to Russia, and accused Russia of undermining European security.

The new doctrine, which comes amid Russia-West tensions over Ukraine, maintains the provisions of the previous, 2010 edition of the military doctrine regarding the use of nuclear weapons.

It says Russia could use nuclear weapons in retaliation to the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and also in case of aggression involving conventional weapons that “threatens the very existence” of the Russian state.

But for the first time, the new doctrine says that Russia could use precision weapons “as part of strategic deterrent measures,” without spelling out when and how Moscow could resort to them.

The doctrine placed “a buildup of NATO military potential and its empowerment with global functions implemented in violation of international law, the expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure to the Russian borders” on top of military threats to Russia.

It pointed that that the deployment of foreign military forces on the territory of Russia’s neighbours could be used for  “political and military pressure.”

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu responded by saying in a statement that the alliance “poses no threat to Russia or to any nation.”

“Any steps taken by NATO to ensure the security of its members are clearly defensive in nature, proportionate and in compliance with international law,” she said. “In fact, it is Russia’s actions, including currently in Ukraine, which are breaking international law and undermining European security.”

Russia’s relations with the West have plummeted to their lowest level since the Cold War times, and NATO cut off its ties with Russia after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March. Ukraine and the West also have accused Moscow of fueling a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons, accusations the Kremlin has denied.

The U.S. and the European Union have responded by slapping sanctions against Moscow, which have deepened Russia’s economic woes and contributed to a sharp devaluation of the ruble.


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Vladimir Putin signs military doctrine naming NATO as top threat

  1. We need to find something else for NATO to do other than annoy Russia. We are doing severe damage to ourselves.

    I suggest they become the armed wing of the UN and operate as the world policemen.

  2. This entirely biased article leaves out certain facts that readers need to know: 1) the Feb. 22 coup in Kiev was engineered by the US State Dept/CIA/Blackwater and $5 billion US dollars in order to install the present puppet government led by Yatsenyuk (Victoria Nuland’s choice) and Poroshenko in order to facilitate the looting of western Ukraine’s resources by western corporations and in order to launch the civil war against the eastern provinces who had already opted for independence (against Putin’s advice). 2) When Pres. GHWBush got Gorbachev’s agreement to permit Germany’s reunification, he promised that NATO would not move one inch toward Russia. Where is NATO now? On Russia’s border while the West builds ABM sites in w. Ukraine aimed at Moscow. 3) the sanctions and the US/Saudi- hatched precipitous decline in oil prices is economic warfare against Russia, which the neo-Cons in D.C. are intent on eliminating as a world power. 4)Once the coup in Kiev took place, Russia would have been insane not to hold the referendum to reabsorb Crimea, because Sebastopol is its major military area and the Black Sea is its only warm water port. 5) unreconstructed Cold Warriors in DC are perfectly willing, even anxious, to provoke a war with Russia, which they think they can “win.” Most of these old Cold Warriors have dual Israeli/US citizenship and serve in influential but non-elective posts, so that they cannot be removed by voters. 6) the late George Kennan, who was still alive at the collapse of the former USSR warned against exactly this NATO incursion into Russia’s sphere of influence, saying it would lead to disaster. 7) Those who want to understand US policy need to read Z. Brzezinski’s book “The Grand Chessboard” which advocates eliminating Russia on the way through the Eurasian landmass to “contain” China. 8) If you want to think about expansionist empires, the US fits the bill; it has a military doctrine of Full Spectrum Dominance and over 800 military bases around the globe. At the present moment, it is the real threat to international peace.