The Kremlin has responded attributing Russia to the “rivals” of Germany

The transfer of Russia from the category of “partners” of Germany in the rank of “rivals” can cause feelings of regret and concern, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov. He commented on the changes in the new edition of “White book”, in which the German government outlined the main threats to national security.

“Of course, if the information about the new edition of “White book” true — it may cause regret and concern at the same time. Unfortunate, because if this is really what we are talking about the misunderstanding of the essence of the Russian position, which does not focus on confrontation, but on mutually beneficial cooperation. And concern because this position, which is based on a misunderstanding, such a position is capable of leading to confrontational actions,” Peskov said.

Earlier on 5 June, the newspaper Die Welt reported that the German government has updated the editors of the White book” — the guide to the implementation of the national security policy of the country. In the new version of the document says that Russia for Germany “is no longer a partner, and the rival” and now is among the main threats.

The publication said that the changes in the “White book” has not been amended since 2006. The new version States that the world security “has changed dramatically”, all became “complicated, volatile and difficult to predict”. The authors of the document noted that Russia “is ready to forcibly promote their interests”, while cited as examples the events in the Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine.

“Russia turns away from the West, emphasizing strategic competition and increasing its military activity at the external borders of the EU,” the newspaper quoted the provisions of the document. Of particular concern to the German government called “hybrid instruments to blur the boundaries between war and peace” and “Subversion against other countries”.

About the upcoming changes in the doctrine of national security the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen announced in February 2015. According to her, Moscow’s actions in Ukraine have fundamentally changed the European security architecture. “The Kremlin began to implement the new policy long before the Ukrainian crisis, and it will cause us concern for a long time,” said von der Leyen.

In December 2015, President Vladimir Putin approves new Russian military doctrine, he said that it remains defensive, despite the increase in activity of NATO in Eastern Europe. “Our military doctrine, however, does not change. It is, as we know, exclusively defensive in nature, but their safety we will defend consistently and harshly,” — said Putin. He added that the situation has recently become more tense. “You know about the creation of layered missile defense, and the increased activity of NATO, including in Europe, primarily in Eastern Europe,” said Putin.