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Russian security chief comments on US National Security Strategy

December 20, 2017, 16:35 UTC+3

The Russian Security Council chief says the new US strategy may pose threat to global security

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Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev

Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev

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MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Every time the new US National Security Strategy mentions Russia, it brings about groundless allegations, Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told reporters.

"Although the wording has changed compared to the previous documents of this kind, from the ideological standpoint, continuity has been maintained," he said. "This is illustrated by the approach to Russia expressed in the Strategy, as Russia has been designated as one of the threats to the US national security. Every time the document mentions Russia, it brings about nothing but groundless allegations," he added.

Implementation of the US’ National Security Strategy might pose a potential threat to the world’s security, he went on. 

"Implementation of the goals and objectives highlighted in the document [US National Security Strategy], including strengthening of US global positions by force, might pose a potential threat to global and regional security," Patrushev said.

"Despite drastically amended wording in comparison to other similar documents, some kind of succession can be traced from an ideological point of view," he said. "It is particularly clearly seen, as an example, in the attitude towards our country, which is openly named as a main threat to the US security," the Russian Security Council’s head stated.

"All references to Russia in the document are nothing but groundless accusations," he added.

In the document, Washington is putting forward a traditional idea that a normal world order is impossible without the US’ leading role, according to Patrushev.

"These aspects of the new strategy will be taken into account when a future national security policy of the Russian Federation is outlined," he assured.

Patrushev underscored that notwithstanding the adopted document, "As before, Russia will do its utmost to strengthen peace and to develop bilateral and multilateral relations with foreign states on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty and national interests."

On Monday, the White House released the new National Security Strategy of the United States. Russia is mentioned several times in the document. It says that Russia’s ambitions and growing military capabilities "creates an unstable frontier in Eurasia," where the risk of armed confrontation is on the rise due to Moscow’s alleged "miscalculation."

In addition, the strategy says that the US layered missile defense system will not "disrupt longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China," since it focuses on North Korea and Iran to defend the US against their missile attacks.

The updated US National Security Strategy also says that China and Russia are developing "advanced weapons and capabilities that could threaten our critical infrastructure and our command and control architecture.".

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