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Moscow Says New U.S. National Security Strategy 'Anti-Russian'

Moscow says the new U.S. new national security strategy is "anti-Russian."

President Vladimir Putin's Security Council said on March 25 that "in the long term, the United States along with its allies will continue to push for political and economic isolation of Russia."

The White House released Washington's updated national security strategy last month, portraying Russia as a regional aggressor and threat to stability after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean region and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The council added that "significant efforts" will be made by the United States to create an anti-Russia "political course" in countries friendly with Russia while trying to reduce Russian influence in former Soviet republics.

The council said the United States may try to "engineer" political change in Russia using tactics the Kremlin claims Washington used to topple Moscow-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych last year.

Yanukovych's sudden decision in November 2013 to spurn a key agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Moscow prompted huge protests in Kyiv, known as the Euromaidan, and he fled to Russia in February 2014 as his grip on power collapsed.

Based on reporting by Reuters