In May 2009 Russia issued its new National Security Strategy up to 2020, which was welcomed as innovative, realistic and useful document clarifying domestic and foreign policy guiding principles.
Its most salient feature is the approval of a holistic approach to security, i.e. comprising both defence and socio-political priorities.
The doctrine emphasizes Russia’s plans to become a “regional state”and to enter the club of the five leading world economies, and affirms that control over energy reserves may lead to the use of force. NATO and the US are still perceived as major threats to national security although they are offered a conditional partnership.