Russian President Vladimir Putin has endorsed a new edition of Russia's military doctrine.
"The Russian military doctrine has been updated relating to Russian Security Council decisions of July 5, 2013. The amendments made to the document were approved at a Russian Security Council conference on December 19, 2014," says a statement posted on the Kremlin website.
The Security Council conference on December 19 was chaired by the president.
The relevant provisions of the military doctrine remained unchanged in the new edition, the Security Council said. In particular, the doctrine still remains defensive and highlights Russia's commitment to the use of military force only after exhausting all possible non-violent measures.
The principles of the use of the Russian armed forces and the procedure of the use of nuclear weapons remained the same as well.
At the same time, the doctrine takes into account the emergence of new threats to Russia, including those that have taken shape in light of the situation in Ukraine and around it and the events in northern Africa, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
The updated version of the Russian military doctrine also takes into account NATO's growing attack potential near Russian borders and active steps toward the deployment of a global missile defense system.
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