You’ve read the headline correct: We are now considered a security threat to Russia according to an official assessment recently signed by Vladimir Putin.
Reuters reported the document, “About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation,” replaces the 2009 version endorsed by former President Dmitry Medvedev, which didn’t mention the U.S. or NATO. Russia continues to increase its role in “solving” global conflicts, which has caused some reaction from the West, according to the document.
This is the first time Russia has named the United States as a security threat. Are we entering another Cold War? I think we’re already there. I truly believe Putin has aspirations to bring back the Soviet Union in everything but its name.
Russia and the West have recently come at odds politically and militarily over the Syrian and Ukrainian Civil Wars. Relations between Moscow and the West began to deteriorate after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Western nations have repeatedly accused Russia of funding insurgents in Ukraine despite Moscow’s denials.
The Syrian Civil War is also a touchy subject between the U.S. and Russia has Russia has been openly backing and providing military support to Assad’s regime, while the United States has been supporting rebels fighting to overthrow the same regime. It will be interesting to watch how our relationship with Russia develops under Russia’s new ‘Czar’ Vladimir Putin with elections around the corner.