Putin Signs New Military Doctrine: Names NATO, US As Main Foreign Threat; Test Fires New ICBM


Putin Signs New Military Doctrine: Names NATO, US As Main Foreign Threat; Test Fires New ICBM (Zerohedge, Dec 26,  2014):

Last week, after the unanimous passage of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 in Congress, which made legal the provision of US “lethal aid” to Kiev and which Russia blasted as an act of aggression and promised that it would merely accelerate the deterioration of relations between Russia and the west, we wrote that “World Awaits Russian Response As Obama Makes “Lethal Aid” To Ukraine Legal.” We didn’t have long to wait: one short hour ago, Putin adopted an updated version of its military doctrine, which “reflects the emergence of new threats against its national security” and which names both the NATO military buildup on Russia’s borders, as well as the US and the destabilized situation in some regions (read Ukraine) as the main foreign threats to Russian security. The doctrine update also, for the first time, put protection of Russian national interest in the Arctic (read oil and nat gas) among the key priorities for Russia’s armed forces.

In other words, Putin is not only not backing down, but has once again explicitly warned NATO that any western action, either in Ukraine or elsewhere, will have a proportional response.

Among the highlights of the new doctrine:

  • Russia’s military doctrine names NATO military buildup, destabilized situation in some regions among main external threats to security
  • Russia’s new military doctrine puts protection of national interests in Arctic among priorities for Armed Forces for the first time
  • Territorial claims to Russia and its allies, intervening in domestic policy main military threats
  • Likelihood of large-scale war against Russia decreased, but some security threats continue to grow
  • Anti-missile shields, ‘global strike’ concept, plans of placing weapons in space are external military threats to Russia
  • Attempts to destabilize situation in Russia, terrorist activities are country’s main internal threats

More from RT:

The new doctrine was approved on Friday by President Vladimir Putin. Its core remains unchanged from the previous version. The Russian military remains a defensive tool which the country pledges to use only as a last resort. Also unchanged are the principles of the use of nuclear weapons which Russia adheres to. Their primary goal is to deter potential enemies from attacking Russia, but it would use them to protect itself from a military attack – either nuclear or conventional – threatening its existence.

The new sections of the doctrine outline the threat Russia sees in NATO’s expansion and military buildup and the fact that the alliance is taking upon itself “global functions realized with violation of international law.” The doctrine lists among major foreign military threats “the creation and deployment of global strategic antiballistic missile systems that undermines the established global stability and balance of power in nuclear missile capabilities, the implementation of the ‘prompt strike’ concept, intent to deploy weapons in space and deployment of strategic conventional precision weapons.”

Another new point in the doctrine is that one of the Russian military’s goals is to protect national interests in the Arctic region.

The document also points to the threat of destabilization countries bordering Russia or its allies and deployment of foreign troops such nations as a threat to national security.

There was a token segment focusing on domestic threats to peace and stability:

Domestically, Russia faces threats of “actions aimed at violent change of the Russian constitutional order, destabilization of the political and social environment, disorganization of the functioning of governmental bodies, crucial civilian and military facilities and informational infrastructure of Russia,” the doctrine says. Moscow sees international cooperation with countries sharing its effort to increase security, particularly members of BRICS, the OSCE, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and others as the key to preventing military conflicts, the doctrine states.

But the gist of the message was clearly focused on external developments because while the doctrine explicitly stated that “Prevention of nuclear war and any other type of conflict core to Russia’s military policies” and that “Moscow reserves right to use nuclear weapons if Moscow, its allies are under nuclear or non-nuclear attack”, just a few hours prior to the doctrine announcement, Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 Yars was test fired from the Plesetsk military cosmodrome in the country’s northwest, Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) Colonel Igor Yegorov told TASS on Friday.

The missile’s dummy warheads with given accuracy hit a target at the Kura range in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

“On December 26, 2014 at 11:02 am, Moscow time, the solid-propellant RS-24 Yars mobile ground ICBM with a multiple warhead was test fired from the Plesetsk state test cosmodrome by a combined combat crew of the RVSN and Aerospace Defense Forces,” the official said.


Clear enough. Then again, now that Ukraine’s gold has been pillaged and the country’s economy in freefall, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Kiev’s “allies” let the nation fend for itself and push it right back into the hands of Russia. After all, the plunging oil prices are causing enough hurt to the Kremlin where events in Ukraine are now largely irrelevant.

3 thoughts on “Putin Signs New Military Doctrine: Names NATO, US As Main Foreign Threat; Test Fires New ICBM”

  1. NATO is a puppet of the US, so the US is the worst military threat to the world.
    But, economically, it is about finished, and Putin needs to keep his eye on that ball.
    Germany just demanded Bush, Cheeney, Rumsfeld, Rice and others be placed in front of the world court for war crimes. The US government is one that serves a few at the cost of everyone else, so my guess is they will refuse.

    If they do, Germany has the excuse they want to dump the dollar and join BRICS. What Germany does, so will the rest of the EU. Half of the EU needs the money BRICS offers to loan to smaller nations who want freedom from US domination. The EU is entering a cycle of deflation, and they need that E120 billion Putin was feeding their GDP each year……he stopped after they used US sanctions on Russia. The EU needs that money, and want to be free of US sanctions.

    If the EU dumps the dollar, it will collapse, there is nobody else to hold it up.

    If the US refuses, the dollar collapses, Bush, Cheeney Et Al will still be on the ropes for trial as war criminals. With a collapsed dollar that will affect hundreds of millions of people, those same folks might want that court martial right here in America.

    The US is losing power every day. Pity the fools in power don’t see it.

  2. Stanley, perhaps you are too young to remember where such thinking took Germany in the 1930s, but to scapegoat one group is always bad politics. I know plenty of greedy guts who are not Jews, and do every bit as much damage as the ones in the banks do. None of them are Jews, they are just greedy……believe me, I have some in my own family. They are quite powerful, and money is their god.

    They made a big mistake…..again………by making themselves so visible. After the fall of Hitler, a friend of mine was one of Eisenhower’s photographers. He and his associates had to go in and photograph those death camps……a horror that stayed with him until he died. Lampshades made of human skin were found, and other dreadful trophies of death…. Eisenhower wanted those photos so that such hatred against a group of people would never happen again. He didn’t want history rewritten, as it so often is by political objectives. His efforts were startling and horrific to all who saw them…..to my friend who took the pictures, it damaged him for life.

    Unfortunately, sites such as the one you recommended to me tell me people are once again looking for some group to blame, and again, it is Jews. People often mix the scumbags in Israel with all Jews, and such is not always the case. Allowing them to get so public, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, the creeps at the FED, all of this has bred this hatred. The real wrongdoers always escape, the ones who have done nothing wrong end up dead.

    I read a book on the Rothschild family. When Hitler got their head honcho in jail, he held him for ransom. While the old man waited for his greedy gut family to raise the millions required for his release, he lived in a cell with Persian rungs, wall hangings, a soft bed, his own chef……..in total luxury while waiting for the money to buy his freedom. So much for punishing the ones, the “Jews” who caused the fall of the German economy.

    In my opinion, it was the Versailles Treaty that caused the German economy to collapse, their punitive financial charges made it impossible for Germany to hold up……..they were also told not to raise another army. The demands of that treaty made the chances for WW2 obvious and unavoidable. Of course, they raised another army, and as Hitler wrote in his disgustingly poorly written book, “never give the public any more than one common enemy…..to do so only adds confusion and doubt.” He started with Jews, went on to Gypsies, Polish people, and others. He slaughtered more of them than he did the Jews……but his methods ought to strike horror in the hearts of any decent man or woman.

    Seeing the Neo-Nazis, the finger pointing, and all the blaming stuff starting up as more of us in the west fall into deeper debt and poverty thanks to the greedy guts in charge. How much Jewish blood do you think Bush or Cheney have? What about Donald Rumsfeld or that Rice woman? How about Obama or Biden? These people have caused more pain and damage by their policies than anyone else on the globe, and to my knowledge, they are not Jews. They go to the bankers (many are Jews, no argument there) when their obscene spending habits drive their nations into debt and destruction.

    It isn’t as simple as the site you sent me makes it.


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