The Age
Putin aims to counter US world dominance

Saturday July 1, 2000

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin today approved a foreign policy doctrine aimed at restoring Russia's global clout and creating a multipolar world to counter US dominance in international affairs.

The ITAR-Tass news agency said the paper outlined policies on national security, defence and cultural ties. It also called for an enhanced role for the Foreign Ministry, the report said, without elaborating.

The Kremlin press service confirmed that Putin had signed the document, but gave no details. It said the doctrine was to be published next week.

The document was apparently part of the national security doctrine Putin signed earlier this year, which broadens the Kremlin's authority to use nuclear weapons and accuses the United States of trying to weaken Russia.

The foreign policy doctrine replaces one adopted in 1993. At that time, Russia was building political and military partnerships with the West.

But Russia's attitude to the West has hardened following the eastward expansion of NATO and the alliance's intervention in Yugoslavia. Moscow and Washington are also at odds over Washington's desire to amend the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

Russia, China, India and France have all opposed what they call US hegemony following the Cold War and have attempted to create a counterbalance.

Putin's promises to restore Russia's global influence, and his tough defence of Russia's military campaign in Chechnya in the face of international criticism are popular among Russians, and helped him win March presidential elections.

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