FOREIGN POLICY CONCEPT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Approved by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 30, 2016
I. General provisions
1. This Concept sets forth a system of views on the basic principles, priority areas, goals and objectives of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation.
2. This Concept is based on the Constitution of the Russian Federation, generally recognised principles and rules of international law, international treaties of the Russian Federation, federal laws, Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 605 of May 7, 2012 On Measures to Implement the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation, the National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation, the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation, statutes and regulations of the Russian Federation regarding the foreign policy activities of federal authorities, as well as other applicable legal acts of the Russian Federation.
3. With a view to upholding the national interests of the Russian Federation and achieving its strategic national priorities, the state’s foreign policy activities shall be aimed at accomplishing the following main objectives:
a) ensure national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and strengthen the rule of law and democratic institutions;
b) create a favourable external environment that allows Russia’s economy to grow steadily and become more competitive and promotes technological modernisation as well as rising standards of living and quality of life for its population;
c) consolidate the Russian Federation’s position as a centre of influence in today’s world;
d) strengthen Russia’s position in global economic relations and prevent any and all discrimination against Russian goods, services and investments, using the options afforded by international and regional economic and financial organisations;
e) continue promoting efforts to strengthen international peace and ensure global security and stability with a view to establishing a fair and democratic international system that addresses international issues on the basis of collective decision-making, the supremacy of international law, primarily the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations (the UN Charter), as well as equal, partnership relations among states, with the central and coordinating role played by the United Nations (UN) as the key organisation in charge of regulating international relations.
f) pursue neighbourly relations with adjacent states, assist them in eliminating existing hotbeds of tension and conflicts on their territory and prevent the emergence of new ones;
g) promote, within bilateral and multilateral frameworks, mutually beneficial and equal partnerships with foreign countries, interstate associations, international organisations and as part of forums, guided by the principles of independence and sovereignty, pragmatism, transparency, predictability, a multidirectional approach and the commitment to pursue national priorities on a non-confrontational basis; expand international cooperation on a non-discriminatory basis; facilitate the emergence of network alliances and Russia’s proactive participation in them;
h) ensure comprehensive, effective protection of the rights and legitimate interests of Russian citizens and compatriots residing abroad, including within various international frameworks;
i) strengthen Russia’s role in international culture; promote and consolidate the position of the Russian language in the world; raise global awareness of Russia’s cultural achievements and national historical legacy, the cultural identity of the peoples of Russia, and Russian education and research; consolidate the Russian-speaking diaspora;
j) bolster the standing of Russian mass media and communication tools in the global information space and convey Russia’s perspective on international process to the wider international community;
k) facilitate the development of constructive dialogue and partnership with a view to promoting harmony and mutual enrichment among various cultures and civilisations.