As if to confirm that relations between Russia and the West have now pretty much completely broken down, Vladimir Putin has just named the U.S. as a threat to Russia’s national security for the first time ever.
A document titled ‘About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation’, was signed by President Putin on New Year’s Eve and included the United States.
It replaces a 2009 version endorsed by then-President (now Prime Minister) Dmitry Medvedev, which mentioned neither the U.S. nor NATO.
The document claims that, as Russia has managed to heighten its role in solving global problems and international conflicts (make of that statement what you will), that heightened role has caused a reaction in the West.
As reported by the Reuters, the document states:
The strengthening of Russia happens against the background of new threats to the national security, which has complex and interrelated nature. [Conducting an independent policy has caused] counteraction from the USA and its allies, which are striving to retain their dominance in global affairs. [That in turn is likely to lead to] political, economical, military and informational pressure on Russia.
Admittedly, this could merely be a response from Putin to the news several months back that American officials believed Russia was the biggest threat to their national security, but it’ll probably worry those who think a new Cold War may be on the horizon.
Relations between Russia and the West have been at an all time low in the wake of Russian military intervention in Ukraine in 2014. And, with this latest development, let’s just say that the next meeting between Obama and Putin could be a pretty awkward one.