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Russia To 'Assess Possible Threats' In New U.S. Security Strategy

The secretary of President Vladimir Putin's Security Council says Moscow will "assess possible threats" to Russia the new U.S. national security strategy.

Nikolai Patrushev told reporters in Moscow on February 11 that Putin's Security Council is "thoroughly examining" the White House national security strategy unveiled on February 6.

"Concrete conclusions and scenario predictions will be made based on the results of this work," Patrushev said.

In a shift from the previous U.S. strategy, the new White House document portrays Russia as a regional bully and a threat to international stability.

It says Washington is "in lockstep with our European allies" and "enforcing tough sanctions on Russia to impose costs and deter future aggression" in response to the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.

In an interview with the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper published on February 11, Patrushev said that the U.S. wants to draw ointo an international military conflict and use the events in Ukraine to "dismember Russia."

Based on reporting by TASS, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Interfax