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New military doctrine: Russia sees NATO as key external risk.

The President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin has approved a new military doctrine, naming the expansion of the pro-western military organization NATO among key external risks, days after Ukraine took steps to join the Atlantic alliance.

Moscow’s previous military doctrine, signed by Putin in 2010 , also identified NATO as a top risk to Russia, but Russia have sharply risen the stakes over the past year.

At the end of december , Russia said NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties if Ukraine’s hopes of joining NATO were realized.