Vladimir Putin approved the updated Concept of Russia's foreign policy
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new version of the concept of foreign policy. He announced the signing of the relevant decree at a meeting on Friday with permanent members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
This document defines the priority areas, goals and objectives of the country’s international activities, it will be a road map for the Russian Foreign Ministry and other ministries and departments.
The President noted that cardinal changes in international life required a serious adjustment of the Concept of the country’s foreign policy and other documents. He stressed that the new foreign policy concept would serve as a sound basis for further work in international affairs.
The presented Concept, I think, serves as a solid doctrinal basis for our further work on international affairs.the Head of State said.
Putin called the new Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation a balanced document that will form the basis of the country’s practical actions. He thanked everyone who was directly involved in the development of the concept.
We have a balanced document that will form the basis of our practical actions in the medium and longer term.the President concluded.
One of the important points of the Concept is formulated as follows:
Russia is pursuing an independent and multi-vector foreign policy course dictated by its national interests and awareness of its special responsibility for maintaining peace and security at the global and regional levels. Russia’s foreign policy is peaceful, open, predictable, consistent, pragmatic, based on respect for the universally recognized principles and norms of international law and the desire for equal international cooperation in order to solve common problems and promote common interests. Russia’s attitude towards other states and interstate associations is determined by the constructive, neutral or unfriendly nature of their policy towards the Russian Federation.
The previous version of the concept was adopted in November 2016. Work on updating it has been carried out over the past few years. So, in January 2022, the prepared document was submitted for discussion with the permanent members of the Security Council. However, following the meeting, the President sent it back for revision. In December last year, the Head of State again reviewed a draft updated concept at a meeting with the Security Council.
We set out in the Concept our vision of the principles of a more balanced and fair world order. Among them are polycentricity, sovereign equality of states, ensuring their right to choose development models, upholding the cultural and civilizational diversity of the world. Assistance in the establishment of a multipolar world order is defined as a framework task for all areas of foreign policy.
Emphasis is placed on the need to ensure the rule of law in international relations. It is proclaimed that the progressive development of international law must take into account the realities of today’s world. In the face of acute external threats, our readiness to observe the principle of the indivisibility of security is confirmed, but only in relation to those states and their associations that show reciprocity in this matter— said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Important innovations are enshrined in terms of the conditions for the use of force in self-defense within the framework of unconditional adherence to the relevant requirements of Article 51 of the UN Charter.
The Concept also provides for the possibility of taking symmetrical and asymmetric measures in response to unfriendly actions against Russia.
The thesis is introduced about the use of the Armed Forces to repel or prevent an armed attack on Russia and its allies.
It also reveals provisions that affect the protection of Russian traditional spiritual and moral values, building cooperation based on a single spiritual and moral landmark common to all world religions.
In the regional section of the Concept, there is an emphasis on Russia’s strategic interests in the context of deepening Eurasian integration based on the Union State of Russia and Belarus, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the CIS, the formation of a large Eurasian partnership, and the further strengthening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS.
The provisions of the Concept assume that the anti-Russian steps of unfriendly states will be consistently and, if necessary, severely suppressed.
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