President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated version of the nation’s foreign policy concept, with a focus on Western efforts to undermine Russia amid the Ukraine conflict.
Putin explained that the key document had to be altered due to “drastic changes” in the international landscape.
The move was announced by the president on Friday during a meeting with top officials on Russia’s Security Council, which included, among others, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
Outlining the key provisions of the paper, Lavrov noted that it reflects “revolutionary changes on [Russia’s] external perimeter which received a visible boost after the start of the special military operation” in Ukraine more than a year ago.
The document puts into the spotlight Western, and particularly American, efforts to undermine Russian interests.
“The United States and their satellites have used measures, taken by the Russian Federation to protect its vital interests regarding Ukraine, as a pretext to escalate their long-standing anti-Russian policies, and have unleashed a hybrid war of a new type,” the document reads.