The Russian Security Council is preparing an updated National Security Strategy, which will replace the previous version, adopted in December 2015.
The new document will take into account the change in the military-political situation, the strengthening of military dangers and military threats, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
The updated strategy will note “the legitimacy of taking symmetric and asymmetric measures to suppress and prevent unfriendly actions that pose a threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation,” he said.
To a clarifying question from the correspondent whether “military actions” were meant, Patrushev replied that it was, among other things, “about forceful methods of coercion” if necessary.
First of all, however, Russia, according to the strategy, will respond to unfriendly actions by “introducing special economic measures.”
Threats to national security, according to Patrushev, have undergone significant changes: the United States and Western countries “seek to maintain their world hegemony,” which “provokes the growth of interstate contradictions, leads to a weakening of the system for ensuring international security.”
“The actions unfriendly towards Russia aimed at weakening Russian statehood, internal unity, and defense potential are becoming more and more evident,” Patrushev said: these are political and economic pressure, attempts to destabilize the socio-political situation in the country, inspire and radicalize the protest movement, erode traditional Russian spiritual and moral values.
“A number of states openly call Russia a threat and even a military adversary. The campaign waged by the West to falsify world history is gaining momentum, and Russophobic sentiments are being purposefully formed, ”said the Secretary of the Security Council.
In defense against military threats, Russia intends to rely on nuclear weapons. “Particular attention is paid to maintaining the nuclear deterrent potential and the readiness of the Armed Forces for combat use at a sufficient level, maintaining leadership in the development and production of advanced weapons, ensuring a high level of moral, political and psychological state of servicemen and preparing citizens for military service,” Patrushev said.
In the new version of the strategy, according to him, “saving the people of Russia” will be defined as the highest priority, as well as increasing their well-being, relying mainly on the economy’s internal potential.
Separately, the strategy will name “the protection of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values, culture and historical memory” as national priorities, as well as information security in order to “ensure sovereignty in the information space.”
“The new Strategy is designed to help save and improve the quality of life of the people of the Russian Federation, further strengthen the defense capability of Russia, internal unity and cohesion of the Russian society, achieve national development goals, increase the competitiveness and international prestige of our country,” concluded Patrushev.