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[Title] "Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation" Approved by the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin (President Putin's Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation)

[Date] June 28, 2000
[Source] Modern International Relations: Basic Documents, Volume 1, Kajima Institute of International Peace, pp.808-811.
[Full text]

I General Principles

The foreign policy concept of the Russian Federation is a system of views on the content and main areas in the foreign policy activities of Russia.

The legal basis of this concept consists of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federal laws, other legislative acts of the Russian Federation that regulate the activity of Federal bodies of state power in foreign policy, generally recognized principles and norms of international law, and international treaties of the Russian Federation, as well as the Concept of National Security of the Russian Federation that was approved by Decree No.24 of the President of the Russian Federation on January 10, 2000.

The international situation that has taken shape by the beginning of the 21 century has required reevaluation of the overall situation around the Russian Federation, of the priorities of Russian foreign policy and the possibilities of ensuring it with resources. Along with certain strengthening of the international positions of the Russian Federation, negative tendencies are in evidence as well. Certain plans related to establishing new, equitable and mutually advantageous partnership relations of Russia with the rest of the world, as was assumed in the Basic principles of the foreign policy concept of the Russian Federation, endorsed by Directive No. 284 of the President of the Russian Federation on April 23, 1993, and in other documents have not been justified.

The uppermost priority of the foreign policy course of Russia is to protect the interests of the individual and the society.Within the framework of that process, the main efforts should be directed towards attaining the following main objectives :

(1) To ensure reliable security of the country, to preserve and strengthen its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to achieve firm and prestigious positions in the world community, most fully consistent with the interests of the Russian Federation as a great power, as one of the most influential centers of the modern world, and which are necessary for the growth of its political, economic, intellectual and spiritual potential ;

(2) To influence general world processes with the aim of forming a stable, just and democratic world order, built on generally recognized norms of international law, including, first of all, the goals and principles in the U. N. Charter, on equitable and partnership relations among states.

(3) To create favorable external conditions for steady development of Russia, for improving its economy, enhancing the standards of living of the population, successfully carrying out democratic transformations, strengthening the basis of the constitutional system and observing individual rights and freedoms ;

(4) To form a good-neighbor belt along the perimeter of Russia's borders, to promote elimination of the existing and prevent the emergence of potential hotbeds of tension and conflicts in regions adjacent to the Russian Federation ;

(5)To seek concord and coinciding interests with foreign countries and interstate associations in the process of resolving the tasks that are determined by the national priorities of Russia, and on this basis, to build a system of partnership and allied relations that improve the conditions and parameters of international cooperation ;

(6) To uphold in every possible way the rights and interests of Russian citizens and fellow countrymen abroad ; and

(7) To promote a positive perception of the Russian Federation in the world, to popularize the Russian language and culture of the peoples of Russia in foreign states.

II The Modern World and the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation (...)

III Priorities of the Russian Federation in Resolving Global Problems (...)

IV Regional Priorities


The Russian Federation comes out for a stable development of relations with Japan and for the attainment of a true good neighborliness corresponding to the interests of both countries. Within the framework of the existing negotiating mechanisms, Russia will continue a search for a mutually acceptable solution of the formalization of an internationally recognized border between the two states.


V The Shaping and Implementation of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation(...)