Russia Hardens Military Thinking

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (Mathew 24:6)

“In response to the harder stance confirmed at NATO’s summit last week in Wales, Russian officials are revisiting the country’s war doctrine, mulling its nuclear strategy and restructuring its military-industrial complex.

Analysts said a new doctrine — a strategy document that works as the prism through which a country evaluates and responds to threats — could re-establish NATO as Russia’s primary threat and effectively set Russia’s defense policy toward combatting it. Beyond that, the doctrine would formalize within Moscow’s playbook the kind of small-scale destabilizing actions used in Russia’s annexation of Crimea and continued incursions into eastern Ukraine, they said.”

And elsewere in the acticle:

“Voices swiftly surfaced advocating a hard line. Retired General Yury Yakubov, who serves as an advisor at the Russian Defense Ministry, said last week the doctrine should list NATO not only as the primary threat to Russia, but detail the scenarios in which preemptive nuclear strikes against the alliance would be on the table.”

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