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Russia security paper designates Nato as threat
2nd January 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated national security paper describing Nato’s expansion as a threat to the country.
The new version says Russia is strengthening its military “on the background of new threats to national security that have a complicated and interlinked character”.
The paper says Nato’s recent build-up of military potential around Russia’s borders constitute “violations of norms of international law”.
The BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall says that Mr Putin is determined through his interventions in Syria and Ukraine to wield his country’s military clout, so that the world in general and the United States in particular realise that Russia is an equal partner whose interests must be accommodated.
Our correspondent says Mr Putin wants the West to acknowledge Russia’s right to treat its post-Soviet neighbours as part of its sphere of influence, free from links to Nato or any other Western-dominated alliance.
He is on the lookout for levers to weaken Europe’s ties with the US, our correspondent says, in the hope of one day turning Russia into Europe’s main strategic partner.