Russia Adopts New Foreign Policy to Match Collective West’s “Hybrid War”

At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new foreign policy grand strategy in an effort to confront the Western “hybrid war” against Russia.

Putin stated that this strategy had to be changed owing to “drastic changes” in the geopolitical landscape.

Putin announced the change in Russia’s strategy at a meeting with members of Russia’s Security Council, which featured, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. 

In light of these changes to Russia’s foreign policy grand strategy, Lavrov said Russia views the Collective West as an “existential” threat to its national security interests.

Russia’s new foreign policy reflects “revolutionary changes on [Russia’s] external perimeter which received a visible boost after the start of the special military operation” in Ukraine over a year ago, Lavrov continued.

Western countries’ anti-Russia efforts, particularly the efforts made by Washington to undermine Russian interests, have been highlighted in the new document.

“The United States and their satellites have used measures, taken by the Russian Federation to protect its vital interests regarding Ukraine, as a pretext to escalate their long-standing anti-Russian policies, and have unleashed a hybrid war of a new type,” the document continued.

The paper describes the Collective West’s efforts as a “hybrid war” working to “weaken Russia in every possible way,” which includes undermining its economic, military, and technological base in addition to seeking to “limit its sovereignty in external and internal politics and to erode its territorial integrity.”

The paper continued by noting that Russia “does not see itself as the West’s enemy, does not isolate itself from it, and harbors no hostile intentions towards it.”

Per a 42-page document that was signed by Putin, Russia expects Western powers to “recognize the futility of confrontational policies and hegemonic ambitions” and eventually return to pragmatic cooperation with Russia predicated on mutual respect.

“The Russian Federation is ready for dialogue and cooperation on such a basis,” the document emphasized.

The prior foreign policy document, which Putin signed off in 2016, focused on prosecuting the war against terror, increasing international cooperation, bolstering Russia’s global footprint, and protecting the nation’s sovereignty.

Russia is no longer playing games. It’s one of the world’s great civilizations and it’s willing to defend its national interests on the world stage at all costs. As a nuclear power with civilizational aspirations, Russia will not sit idly as the Collective West tries to undermine it via Color Revolutions, sanctions, and/or proxy wars. 

It will respond decisively, something the West has still not been able to grasp, much to its detriment.

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