LONDON : President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved a new foreign policy doctrine based around the concept of a “Russian World”, a notion that conservative ideologues have used to justify intervention abroad in support of Russian-speakers. The “humanitarian policy” says Russia should “protect, safeguard and advance the ideals of the Russian World”.
The new policy says Russia should increase cooperation with Slavic nations, China, and India, and further strengthen its ties to the West Asia, Latin America and Africa.
While presented as a kind of soft power strategy, it enshrines in policy ideas around Russian politics and religion that some hardliners have used to justify Moscow’s occupation of parts of Ukraine. It said Russia’s ties with its compatriots abroad allowed it to “strengthen its image as a democratic country striving for the creating of a multipolar world”.