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With Washington becoming more hostile and confrontational towards Russia by the day, Moscow needs to make its foreign policy more offensive, the Russian National Security Council announced.
Over the past few years Washington has taken a number of steps and made policy changes to pose a threat to Russia, Nikolay Patrushev told the nation’s security body. “Russia needs to respond to this to protect its core interests”, he said.
“There are several key goals we need to reach to make our foreign policy more offensive, to ensure a necessary level of national and public security,” the high-ranking Russian official said.
The goals described by Patrushev range from boosting the stability of Russia’s financial system to ensuring that Russia can produce essential military and civilian products with a minimal reliance on foreign suppliers.
The Russian Security Council head said that, under President Donald Trump, Washington had shed all pretense of seeking cooperation with Russia and has taken a position of open confrontation. The US has boosted reliance on hard military power in pursuit of its strategic interests, he observed.
“This change is apparent not only in rhetoric but also in actions. The latest example is the illegal missile strikes conducted by the US, Britain, and France on Syrian territory” he said.
“Russia’s independent foreign policy and its persistent defense of its national interests are perceived by the US as a threat to its unconditional global domination”, he added
Patrushev suggested that Russia should seek engagement with nations other than the US, “including those that currently follow America’s lead in confronting Russia, to find common interests”.
Among Russia’s natural allies today, are Syria, Iran and, of course, China. Nuclear armed India has long been a friend and regular Russian arms purchaser, though not a declared ally while nuclear powered Pakistan is today also being courted.
Then there’s Turkey which is beginning to question US-style democracy and, Central Asia, which in any case leans towards authoritarian rule.
The Russians have been thinking out-of-the- box of late and they’re making ground – which is why the US is to be found trailing with its insular anti-immigrant ‘America First’ policies.