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Security Council: Russia’s new security strategy to be binding, not declaratory

January 12, 16:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The new version of the Strategy rules out the former division of national strategic priorities into national security priorities and sustainable development priorities
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© Alexei Druzhinin/Russian presidential press service/TASS

MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. Russia’s updated National Security Strategy approved by President Vladimir Putin on the last day of 2015 will not be a declaratory document, it is binding for all government agencies, the Russian Security Council said on Tuesday.

"The strategy is not a declaratory document. It is implemented on a planned basis," Deputy Security Council Secretary Vladimir Nazarov told reporters. "The provisions of the Strategy are binding for all state agencies and local authorities and are a basis for developing and amending documents pertaining to strategic planning and programming in ensuring Russia’s national security and socio-economic development and the work of public authorities at all levels."

He noted that the Strategy was one of the most important documents of strategic planning, which determines the order of activities and measures to ensure the country’s national security. According to Nazarov, the new version of the document contains the expanded list of Russia’s national interests. These include strengthening the country’s defense capabilities, promoting national accord and unity, raising the competitiveness of the national economy, preserving its cultural heritage and the traditional spiritual and moral values of the Russian society.

"At the same time, the set of national strategic priorities - the main areas in which the work of all Russia’s public authorities in ensuring national security - has remained unchanged," Nazarov said. "Actually, their choice guarantees the continuity of Russia’s policy in the field of national security and determines ways to counter new challenges and threats facing Russia or the ones it may face in modern times."

The new version of the Strategy rules out the former division of national strategic priorities into national security priorities and sustainable development priorities. According to Nazarov, this approach emphasizes the equal significance of national strategic priorities for ensuring Russia’s national security.

"The control over the implementation of the strategy is carried out, in particular, on the basis of monitoring the main indicators of national security whose list is given at the end of the document," he said.

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