On the heels of warning the US not to provoke “the Bear,” Vladimir Putin signed a military doctrine, declaring NATO Russia’s enemy number one.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance. (Yahoo News)

NATO is scrambling to flatly deny they are any threat to Russia as Putin signs a new military doctrine, declaring that NATO is among the key threats to Russian sovereignty.

Putin and the Russian military faulted NATO for turning the situation in the Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to cut any ties left if Ukraine’s hope of joining NATO is realized.

The new doctrine indicated the Kremlin’s readiness of a stronger posture in response to what it sees as U.S.-led efforts to isolate and weaken Russia.

The Kiev parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula this year. (Yahoo News)

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