The doctrine avoids the thorniest issues. It contains no hint as to how Russia will supply its military with new weapons and how it might deal with what may become the greatest military challenge to Russia -- the rise of China.
Russian policymakers can't be unaware of the problems inherent in their draft treaty. So why push it? One reason: Medvedev needs a foreign-policy initiative of his own. The other? Probably the dead end that Kremlin policies have reached in Europe.