The eleven-page humanitarian policy concept, which was published less than six months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, states that Russia should protect, secure and develop the traditions and ideals of the Russian world.
The Reuters agency reported on Monday that the document is presented as a strategy for a non-military – i.e. non-military – message. It also anchors ideas connected to Russian politics and religion, which some supporters of the hard line use to justify the occupation of Ukraine and the support of pro-Russian separatists at the entrance of the country.
The Russian Federation provides support to its compatriots living abroad to fulfill their obligations, ensures the protection of their names and the preservation of their Russian cultural identity. According to him, ties with compatriots abroad allow Russia to send to the international scene its image of a democratic country striving to create a multipolar world.
For years, Putin has been talking about what he considers the tragic fate of 25 million ethnic Russians who, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, found themselves outside of Russia in newly created independent states. He calls the collapse of the USSR a geopolitical disaster.
According to the new policy, Russia should cooperate with the Slavic countries, Russia, India and the countries of the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. According to him, Moscow should deepen relations with Abkhazia and Jin Ossetia – two Georgian regions that Moscow recognized as independent after the 2008 conflict with Georgia – and thus with the two separatist republics at the entrance of Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic.